Hail storms in Colorado severely damage several towns, kill horses and livestock

A severe hail storm Monday night in eastern Colorado caused significant damage to many homes and businesses.

The storm, which primarily affected the cities of Yuma and Wray, dropped hail on individual communities for about 30 minutes each, according to some.

“The sky looked weird,” said Paula Pariset, a longtime Yuma resident.

Pariset and her husband Steve said they heard tornado sirens before the storm hit.

“At first they had a tornado warning. As soon as it was over, we thought it was over and we went upstairs. And then the hail really hit,” Steve said.

“We were sitting in our basement hugging our pets,” Paula said. “We heard glass breaking upstairs.”

The couple said they felt they needed to go upstairs to block the windows that were broken and prevent further damage from wind and rain.

“We went upstairs and started holding a curtain to stop the glass from flying that far and we listened to it fall for 30 minutes,” Steve said.

To the east, in Wray, the storm caused significant damage to businesses and churches.

“Last night, a hail storm came through and destroyed all the windows facing west in town. Siding, roofing, it’s been a crazy time,” said Mike Harms, owner of Wray Lumber Company.

Harms opened his business to help people board up their homes and businesses.

“Last night we opened at 11 o’clock. We were here until 2, 2:30 last night,” Harms said.

As the sun rose, people in both cities could finally see how widespread the damage was.

“Oh my God. It was Armageddon,” Paula said.

Although the damage meant a big increase in sales for Harms, he said this is the kind of business he never wants.

“About 1,200 sheets of plywood came out of my house today,” Harms said.

The community reported that the hail storm had killed livestock and that at least one horse was seen dead on the side of the road in Yuma.

Although the storms caused significant damage to homes, property, cars and more, people CBS News Colorado spoke to said the region would quickly come together to recover.

“Everyone works together in a small town,” Steve Pariset said.