DENVER (CBS4)– Severe thunderstorms hit Colorado on Wednesday evening, bringing heavy rain, thunder, strong winds and some hail. The storms darkened the skies around the Denver metro area.

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The day started out on a pleasant note as cooler, more humid air mass moved into eastern Colorado early on Wednesday, bringing relief from the recent stretch of heat.

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But that is exactly what set the stage for the strong to severe thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and evening.

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The storms produced locally heavy rain, strong winds and large hail. There were also several areas under flash flood warnings as the heavy rain produced standing water.

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There were several vehicles stranded at MLK and Dahlia due to street flooding.

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CBS4 YouReporter Melissa Tunc sent in a picture of a tree on the Meadowhills Golf Course in Aurora that appears to have been struck by lightning.