Col. Hikers Hide During Thunderstorm

June 29, 2013
Rescue personnel were dispatched but weren't needed afterall.

June 29--A group of climbers got caught in the major thunderstorm that passed through the Boulder area late Friday, resulting in crews being dispatched to the First Flatiron. But no rescue was necessary.

The climbers were taking shelter under a rock near the top of the First Flatiron during the height of the storm that brought quarter-sized hail and lightning, according to police radio scanner traffic.

Crews from Boulder County Emergency Services were dispatched to the scene, but by 10:30 p.m. the storm had weakened and dispatchers indicated the climbers felt they could hike down from the mountain without rescue.

The incident was part of a busy night for Boulder-area emergency crews during the severe weather.

There were also numerous reports of standing water on the lanes of U.S. 36.

Hail, thunder and lightning pummeled Boulder on Friday night, and the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning and alerted people of possible flooding and hail that could damage cars, roofs and siding.

The Weather Service expected the thunderstorms in the Boulder area to dissipate by 1 a.m.

Saturday is expected to be mostly sunny with isolated thunderstorms in the morning and a high near 88 degrees.

Copyright 2013 - Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.

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