The Denver Post says the storm brought down power lines and caused car crashes — probably because of slippery conditions. Even in parts of the metro area where the hail was only nickel-sized, it coated the roads in a thick sheet of ice.
Depending on the extent of the damage, this could be close to a billion-dollar weather disaster for Colorado. It’s not unheard of for hail storms to cause incredible insurance losses. In April 2017, a hailstorm in San Antonio resulted in $1.4 billion in losses and became the costliest hailstorm in Texas history, unadjusted.
Car damage was estimated at $560 million, and damage to homes was around $800 million, according to the insurance council of Texas as reported by the San Antonio Express. More than 110,000 vehicles were damaged by the storm.
Just about every car in this #Golden office parking lot has #Hail damage. #CoWx pic.twitter.com/d5YZPbD1Nj— Jaclyn Allen (@jaclynreporting) May 8, 2017
That's not snow. It's hail!! Images from US 6 at Kipling St in Lakewood and I-70 at Harlan St in Denver. @ColoradoDOT #cowx pic.twitter.com/XjVOvu2lVn— Andy Chilian (@ChiliWX) May 8, 2017
Oh, hail no. 😬 https://t.co/p8MA7MO8cs— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 8, 2017
19th and Broadway rivers starting to flow! @DenverChannel pic.twitter.com/8wppkVuboO— Jeff Howe (@sportsdenver) May 8, 2017
Destroyed windshield. Happened earlier, viewer says, at 6th Avenue & Sheridan. @DenverChannel #hail pic.twitter.com/JCOyblhsJt— Jace Larson (@jacelarson) May 8, 2017
My sister Holly driving near #Denver caught in a hailstorm. That's impressive. @WeatherNation @JimCantore @WeatherScottT @ReedTimmerAccu pic.twitter.com/RcJm9MAbSy— Joe Charlevoix (@joecharlevoix) May 8, 2017
Hail breaks windows, windshields in Lakewood, Golden, Arvada and Thornton - https://t.co/mKd2S9sNYI pic.twitter.com/42JsyjofZI— FOX31 Denver KDVR (@KDVR) May 8, 2017