Tornado spotted near Denver airport terminal

By: THE associated press
June 18, 2013 Updated: June 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm
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photo - This photo provided by Mark Sarlo shows damage to a gas station after severe weather passed through the area on Monday, June 17, 2013 in La Junta, Colo.   National Weather Service spokeswoman Nezette Rydell said the tornado knocked down power poles in an industrial park near La Junta on Monday, but no injuries have been reported. More storms are expected on Tuesday. La Junta Fire Chief Aaron Eveatt said high winds raked the city, knocking down power poles in town and forcing the closure of a U.S. Highway 50, a main highway.  (AP Photo/Mark Sarlo)
This photo provided by Mark Sarlo shows damage to a gas station after severe weather passed through the area on Monday, June 17, 2013 in La Junta, Colo. National Weather Service spokeswoman Nezette Rydell said the tornado knocked down power poles in an industrial park near La Junta on Monday, but no injuries have been reported. More storms are expected on Tuesday. La Junta Fire Chief Aaron Eveatt said high winds raked the city, knocking down power poles in town and forcing the closure of a U.S. Highway 50, a main highway. (AP Photo/Mark Sarlo)  

DENVER - Denver International Airport passengers took shelter after a tornado was spotted in the area.

The National Weather Service says a tornado was spotted in the area at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, according to The Denver Post.

People took shelter in the airport's bathrooms, which double as shelters, and in stairwells. Television coverage showed the airport's normally busy concourse was completely empty.

A tornado warning was issued for northeastern Denver County and western Adams County, but expired at 2:45 p.m.

On Monday, a tornado touched down briefly in La Junta (lah-HUN'-tah) on Colorado's southeastern plains. No injuries were reported, but power poles were knocked down in an industrial park near town. Heavy rain fell Monday in La Junta and Lamar, where some streets flooded.

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