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Video: Remembering Denver’s record-setting May 8, 2017 hailstorm

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 10:08am MST
May 8, 2017 - Hail pounds an industrial area just northwest of downtown Denver. (Ed Dalton)

May 8, 2017 – Hail pounds an industrial area just northwest of downtown Denver. (Ed Dalton)

The weather forecast for May 8, 2017 was relatively typical for this time of year with pleasant temperatures and a sunny morning. We also wrote about the usual chance for PM thunderstorms but cautioned they could be potent saying, “Strong winds, large hail and possibly an isolated tornado will be possible.”

Little did we know just how potent they would be.

The thunderstorms that rolled through the Denver metro area that day brought monstrous hail, destroying windows, roofs, siding and vehicles.

As expected, the worst of the storms stayed south of Thornton but the areas that were hit from Golden to just north of downtown Denver were devastated. The tally to date is $2.3 billion in damage.

Fox 31 did a special on the storm last year and it makes for an interesting look back – and a reminder of the power of Mother Nature.

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