HAIL OF A STORM: West metro pummeled by destructive hail; Aurora sustains mostly tree damage — VIDEO CLIPS

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DENVER |  A large shopping mall in Lakewood was evacuated after it was damaged by a strong spring storm that dropped heavy hail throughout the metro Denver area.

Lakewood police say the Colorado Mills Mall sustained substantial damage Monday afternoon. The building is structurally sound, but shoppers were forced to leave because of heavy flooding inside. No injuries were reported at the mall.

 

In Aurora, scattered street flooding was reported and Aurora firefighters were called to areas where power-lines were downed by damaged trees. Firefighters issued warnings to residents to not drive into flooded streets or parking lots, pointing out that half of all drowning deaths occur in cars in such situations.

The storm moved quickly through downtown Denver, creating rivers of hail and a layer of ice on Coors Field ahead of a Colorado Rockies baseball game.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kyle Fredin says baseball-sized hail fell in the western Denver suburb of Wheat Ridge. He says “you gotta assume there’s gonna be a lot” of damage from the storm, which then moved north of Denver. Car windshields across the area were smashed by the hail.