Severe Weather

By: AP
By: AP

Violent weather hit the Denver metro area Thursday morning with two tornadoes being spotted near the Denver International Airport.

One tornado touched down in a wheat field near the airport, but it did not cause any damage.

Heavy rain and hail pelted the metro area as the storm moved through. A huge funnel cloud was spotted near Watkins, just east of the airport.

This one did not form into a tornado and it dissipated back into the clouds.

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Tornado Facts

  • Tornado Watch: This is issued when the conditions in the atmosphere are suitable for the formation of tornadoes.

  • Tornado Warning: This is issued when a tornado has touched ground, has been indicated by Doppler, and/or there is a funnel cloud in the area.

What to do in case of a Tornado Warning

  • If in your home, go to an interior room on the lowest floor. Stay away from glass and wide-span roofs. Crouch down and cover your head.

  • If in your car or mobile home, abandon them and go to a designated shelter or find a ditch and stay as low as possible.

Tornado Myths

  • Do not open your windows during a tornado. This will only take time and can cause you to not be able to take adequate shelter. If a tornado is close enough to effect the pressure inside the house, then it is hitting your house.

  • Do not try to outrun or out drive a tornado. Tornadoes can travel an excess of 100 MPH. Finding the nearest shelter or ditch is the best form of safety.

Source: National Weather Service contributed to this report


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