Tennis-ball-sized Hail Pummels Colorado, Knocks Out 27 Police Cars

Police Sgt. Kory Dabb accesses the damage to the fleet of police cars at the Stetson Hills police station Friday morning, July 29, 2016, after a Thursday night hail storms damaged more than two dozen vehicles. (PHOTO CREDIT: Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Police Sgt. Kory Dabb accesses the damage to the fleet of police cars at the Stetson Hills police station Friday morning, July 29, 2016, after a Thursday night hail storms damaged more than two dozen vehicles. (PHOTO CREDIT: Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Golf- and tennis-ball-sized hail pummeled southeast Colorado Springs Thursday night, rendering 27 police cars inoperable with broken windshields and rear-view mirrors and severely battered hoods and trunks.

The big dent in the department’s fleet will not significantly affect operations that include providing security for a visit by presidential candidate Donald Trump to Colorado Springs on Friday, said Lt. Howard Black, Colorado Springs police spokesman.

“We had a tremendous hail storm. Obviously it’s going to have an impact. But it’s not going to have any impact on that detail,” Black said. “We’ll just move cars around from other divisions.”

Black said Colorado Springs divisions already moved unmarked police cars and patrol cars from other divisions into the south part of the city where most of the cars were damaged by the bad weather.

Hail from 1½ inches in diameter, roughly the size of a golf ball, to 2 ½ inches, fractionally smaller than a tennis ball, wreaked havoc in southeast Colorado Springs near Peterson Air Force Base, said Kyle Fredin, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Boulder.

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SOURCE: The Denver Post, Kirk Mitchell