DENVER (CBS4) – Denver International Airport passengers were told to take shelter in airport shelters after a tornado warning went into effect early Tuesday afternoon and a tornado touched down on airport property.
The National Weather Service issued the warning at 2:05 p.m. for the airport’s concourses and terminal as the severe storm moved through. The warning lasted until 2:45 p.m.
Pamela Robb shared the following image of the tornado:
Several photos on Twitter also showed the tornado, including the following:
Photo of tornado near Denver International Airport on June 18, 2013. (credit: Twitter)
Tornado sirens went off all across the city when the tornado was reported and the main road to the airport — Pena Boulevard — was closed for a short time.
People inside the airport had to take shelter in bathrooms, basements and in the underground train tunnels. Rick Berry shared the following photo through Twitter of one such scene:
Holly Day also took this photo:
DIA officials described their evacuation action as follows:
“Per Denver International Airport’s Emergency Operations Plan, sirens sounded on the property and public announcements were sounded in the Terminal and Concourses instructing passengers and employees to shelter in designated shelter locations such as restrooms and stairwells.”
The following image from DIA shows the main Jeppesen Terminal evacuated due to the tornado:
No damage has been reported on Tuesday and there were no reports of injuries.
Nine planes had to be diverted to other airports while the weather warning was in place.