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Baseball-Sized Hail Injures Zoo Visitors, Kills 2 Zoo Animals

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4/AP) - A powerful storm pummeled the Cheyenne Mountain zoo with large hail which injured 14 people and killed at least two animals. Medical personnel set up a triage at the entrance to the zoo.

Jenny Koch, the zoo's marketing director, tells The Denver Post that two vultures and a duck were killed by the hail.

Baseball-sized hail fell in southern Colorado about 3 p.m. Monday.

Hail Damage in Colorado Springs
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PHOTO GALLERY: Hail Storm Slams Into Colorado Springs Area

The Colorado Springs Fire Department says five people at the zoo were taken to the hospital for injuries from the hail.

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The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo evacuated people from the zoo and they were transported by bus to Cheyenne Mountain High School.

The zoo will be closed Tuesday.

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There are widespread reports of damage to soldiers' vehicles at Fort Carson as the hail fell.

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The severe weather moved through southern Colorado where a severe thunderstorm warning was in effect. Storm pelted areas from Manitou Springs, the Broadmoor, down into Security and Widefield with quarter to baseball size hail. The storm also produced enough flooding rains to strand cars near the Broadmoor.

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Hail in Colorado Springs near Hwy 115
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(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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