ELIZABETH, Colo. (CBS4) – A massive complex of supercell thunderstorms rolled through Elbert County Wednesday evening and produced hailstones that were nearly as big as tennis balls.
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Gabe Zepeda, a 12-year-old boy who lives in the town of Elizabeth, said it was both exciting and frightening when the storm passed over.CDOT Says Drivers Should Pack A Few Extra Things While Traveling This Summer
“All of a sudden I just heard this loud crack. I was like, ‘What?’ All of a sudden I look out the window, I see crazy, like big, big ice cubes just falling from the sky.”
Just north of Zepeda’s town CBS4 found a minivan and truck with shattered windshields and dented hoods from the hail.
A home’s side window was also shattered, and a chicken coop was banged up.MORE NEWS: Company Says GPS Showed Where Stolen Truck Was Yet Victims Say Aurora Police Showed Little Interest
CBS4’s Justin McHeffey said thunderstorms have to have incredible updraft strength to hold the ice aloft for as long as these did.