Risk of apple-sized hail and hurricane-force winds in storm headed to Colorado

This is a file photo of hailstones estimated to be tennis ball-sized. Photo Credit: Gregory_DUBUS (iStock)

Wild Monday weather is headed to Colorado with storms expected to bring hailstones the size of apples and hurricane-force winds to parts of the state.

According to the National Weather Service, severe thunderstorms could bring large apple-sized hail and winds gusting up to 80 mph to parts of the state on Monday. Frequent lightning is also possible during the storms.

Monday’s original forecast from the National Weather Service changed from ping pong ball to apple-sized hail.

The southeast portion of the state, including La Junta, Lamar, and Trinidad, will remain under a severe thunderstorm watch until 10:00 p.m (MST). The storm is expected to span multiple states, potentially impacting more than 1,000,000 people.

According to the Saffir-Simpson scale, wind speeds between 74 and 95 miles per hour are categorized as “category 1”  in hurricanes. Winds this strong may cause damage to trees, power lines, and even homes.

Editor’s Note: All weather statements are subject to change. Seek shelter and stay away from windows. Hail damage to vehicles and homes is expected. If you happen to get caught in a hail storm while driving, pull over to a safe spot immediately. Remain inside your vehicle until the storm has completely passed. Do not go outside. Large hailstones can cause serious injury or even death. To avoid broken glass, shield your eyes and lie face down on the vehicle floor or seat with your back to the windows. Please careful. 

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