COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Two animals were killed and 16 people were hurt after being hit by large hail at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on Monday afternoon, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said.
Five people were taken to hospitals and nine were treated at the scene, but additional details about the victims and their injuries have not been released.
The zoo said Daisy, a 4-year-old muscovy duck, and Motswari, a 13-year-old cape vulture, were killed in the storm.
The zoo said several animals were injured in the storm. Zookeepers were checking the animals for the extent of their injuries.
On Tuesday, zoo officials said one meerkat was unaccounted for and may be hiding underground.
About 3,400 people were at the zoo at the time. The zoo will be closed Tuesday so employees can take care of injured animals and repair broken windows and skylights.
All guests from the zoo were taken to Cheyenne Mountain High School because the parking lot was full of vehicles that officials have deemed too damaged to drive.
The zoo estimated at least 300 vehicles had damage. The road to the zoo was reopened Monday evening so people could start taking care of their vehicles.
— CSFD PIO (@CSFDPIO) August 6, 2018
An Evacuation Center has been opened at#CheyenneMountainHighSchool, 1200 Cresta Rd. Colorado Springs to support the 100+ cars that were damaged due to the hail at the#CheyenneMountainZoo. Please go there for reunification, protection and refreshments. pic.twitter.com/PnwUeI8bl1
— CO & WY Red Cross (@COWYRedCross) August 6, 2018
The storm knocked out power to nearly 2,000 customers in the area, and heavy rain and debris forced the closure of U.S. Highway 24 west of Manitou Springs.
The Broadmoor Hotel and resort also was pounded by hail, and staff members are assessing the damage.
“It was a significant storm,” said Barry Brown, the hotel’s vice president of sales and marketing.
Forecasters warned that runoff from the rain could cause flooding of small creeks, roads, underpasses and low-lying areas as more storms develop along the Front Range on Monday night.