Roads closed, flooding reported, hail possible as heavy storms roll through Colorado

Parts of Colorado are being battered with storms Monday afternoon, resulting in flash floods and road closures.

Several towns south of Denver might also be subject to potential hail and parts of the southern metro are battling flooding. The forecast for the Mile High City itself includes thunderstorms into the evening, with a chance of showers tomorrow.

Check back throughout the afternoon; this story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

4:35 p.m.: The National Weather Service reports “considerable urban flooding” across the south metro area.

4:32 p.m.: U.S. 34 has been reopened, with drivers now able to travel between County Road 29 and Mall Road, according to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. Larimer County Road 43 is also open, although Streamside Drive is closed at CR43.

4:29 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning includes Elbert County until 5 p.m.

3:50 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning includes Strasburg, Bennett and Watkins until 4:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The storm will contain wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour and possible nickel-sized hail.

3:47 p.m.: A flash flood warning is in effect for Centennial, Parker and Foxfield until 6:45 p.m., the National Weather Service reports.

3:37 p.m.: The Parker Police Department announced a thunderstorm warning, with wind gusts at 60 miles per hour and quarter-sized hail. Officials say to expect damage to roofs, siding, trees and vehicles.

3:25 p.m.: A flash flood warning is in effect for northeastern Douglas County, including Parker, until 6:15 p.m., according to the Parker Police Department.

3:18 p.m.: Exceptionally heavy rain and storms are reported in Douglas County, with travelers advised to avoid flooded roads. Rainfall rates are between one and two inches in a span of 15 minutes.

3:15 p.m.: A flash flood warning is in effect for Castle Pines, Lone Tree and Louviers until 6:15 p.m., according to a tweet by the National Weather Service.

3:08 p.m.: Residents of Elizabeth, Kiowa and Elbert are advised to seek shelter until 3:45 p.m. by the National Weather Service as nickel-sized hail is a possibility.

2:59 p.m.: Dangerous flooding is occurring in the Glen Haven area, including Larimer County Road 43 to Drake, according to an emergency message by the Estes Park Emergency Communications Center.

2:46 p.m.: The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office issued an emergency message about the closure of U.S. 34 from County Road 29 in the Loveland area to Mall Road in Estes Park, due to storms causing flooding conditions.

2:27 p.m.: Dangerous flooding is happening in the Streamside area, according to an emergency message by the Estes Park Emergency Communications Center. It advises to immediately reach higher ground and avoid areas subject to flooding.

The National Weather Service reports rainfall rates of 2.5 inches per hour in Drake. A flash flood warning is in effect through 5:30 p.m., including U.S. 34 between Estes Park and Loveland.

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