Hail causes heavy damage at Colorado Springs Airport

Published: Jul. 29, 2016 at 4:49 PM MDT
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Colorado Springs Airport is urging travelers to check the status of their flights with airlines after a hailstorm damaged runway lights as well as canopies and skylights at the terminal.

Airport spokesman Nathan Lavan said Friday that one flight was canceled and others were delayed after Thursday's storm delivered tennis ball-sized hail and multiple lightning strikes.

Lavan says the airport sustained up to $500,000 in damage. Numerous vehicles in the parking lot also were damaged.

In Colorado Springs, police spokesman Howard Black says hail knocked 27 police cruisers out of service. Hail piled up like snow in some areas, and firefighters put out a house fire caused by a lightning strike.

Colorado Springs and southeastern Colorado could be in for more severe thunderstorms Friday.