COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Officials say neighborhoods near Colorado Springs saw the worst overnight hailstorm in more than 20 years on Wednesday.
Thousands of homes and cars were damaged near Colorado Springs in El Paso County between 01:00 and 03:00 local time June 13, 2018, when hailstones up to 7.6 and 10.1 cm (3 to 4 inches) started falling. The last time the county was hit by hailstorm comparable to this one was in 1995 with hailstones up to 5 cm (3 inches).
The National Weather Service in Pueblo said a strong storm early Wednesday pummeled El Paso County — particularly Fountain and Fort Carson — with 3-inch hail.
We experienced a massive hail storm last night. Both cars completely destroyed. Looks like a baseball bat was used to beat them up. pic.twitter.com/HGsuaNzQxh
— Brad (@BradFoxUS) June 13, 2018
The last time the county saw hail that big during early morning hours was in 1995, when 2-inch hail fell.
Hail is still piled up in this homeowners backyard! And look at the back of his house!! He says he’ll have to replace all of this AND his roof 😩 pic.twitter.com/iR5FlH1CrX
— Kyla Galer (@kylagalerKKTV) June 13, 2018
“The sound was deafening,” said Mark Richardson, whose home in Camino del Rey was pounded by hail. “My wife was terrified. I have never heard anything so loud and never seen hail that big, and we have lived in this area for 27 years, including 11 years in this house.”
Kenneth Hastings was one of those calls. He lives in Fountain and woke up to the sound of his family home’s skylights shattering.
“I could hear the hailstones hitting the skylights and there was hail everywhere, all over my floors, rain all over my floor. My neighbors called and came over to help and thank God it let up,” Fountain resident Kenneth Hastings said.
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“I’ve never seen hailstones in 3-inch diameter to go through the skylights, it’s blowing my mind actually. They’re really large,” Hastings’ grandson said.
Weather Service meteorologist Steve Hodanish said the storm took place between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m.
Forecasters predict a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. The storm is expected to stick around throughout the night.
This is what you see as you drive through Fountain neighborhoods this morning — people trying to fix the hail storm damage as best they can. Coming up on @KKTV11News I’m live in Fountain talking about what you should do next. pic.twitter.com/sYlOs7hNXp
— Kyla Galer (@kylagalerKKTV) June 14, 2018