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Video: Hail storms strand drivers in Colorado

updated 6/7/2012 1:32:50 PM ET 2012-06-07T17:32:50

Denver and other parts of Colorado were told to expect a second straight day of extreme weather -- anything from tornadoes, hail and flooding -- after Wednesday storms that made for surreal scenes, including some cars swamped by hail and floodwater.

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Hail and floodwaters swamped this vehicle in Colorado Springs Wednesday night. A rescuer is seen helping someone from the vehicle, in this video clip from NBC Affiliate KOAA-TV

Six tornadoes touched down across northeast Colorado on Wednesday, including one near Denver's airport, though none caused any damage.

But golf-ball sized hail punched holes in car windshields and combined with heavy rain to flood streets in Colorado Springs, where NBC affiliate KOAA-TV lost count of the numerous water rescues.

"Holy hail," was how KOAA-TV anchor Rob Quirk began his broadcast Wednesday night.

KOAA video showed a person being rescued from a car swamped by hail and water at an intersection near a mall, one of 10 rescues at that site alone.

By Thursday morning, floodwaters had receded but some areas of Colorado Springs, as well as some Denver suburbs, were still coated in compacted hail.

One area south of Denver had knee-deep hail still piled up in a ditch, NBC affiliate KUSA-TV reported.

"It looks just like winter," commented KUSA-TV anchor Gary Shapiro, "except the grass is green."

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