UPDATE: The National Weather Service says more than inch of rain fell on some parts of the Pikes Peak region in Friday night's storms.

The agency issued a flood advisory that's set to expire at 11:15 p.m. for much of El Paso County.

UPDATE 11 p.m.: Colorado Springs police report that traffic lights are back on along the Fillmore Street/Nevada Avenue corridors. Lights might blink red as the systems reset.

UPDATE 9:55 p.m.: Colorado Springs utilities reports more than 2,000 customers are without electricity in an area along North Nevada Avenue from Uintah Street to Commerce Street, north of Fillmore. Utilities expects to have the lights back on by 1 a.m.

Police say there's also a traffic crash at Nevada and Fillmore, a possible consequence of several stoplights going dark in that neighborhood.

Police urged caution for drivers, with crashes reported throughout the Pikes Peak region.

UPDATE 9:50 p.m.: Weather Service radar shows the storm ebbing. Rain has stopped in downtown Colorado Springs.

UPDATE 9:44 p.m.: Colorado Springs Utilities reports that power is out to more than 2,000 customers in an area near Fillmore Street and Nevada Avenue where a lightning strike was reported. Utility crews were working on repairs.

The utility is also working to fix a smaller power failure for 300 customers near Fort Carson.

UPDATE 9:33 p.m.: Officials say many traffic lights out in the area of Nevada Avenue and Fillmore Street. Meanwhile, Weather Service radar shows storm ebbing.

UPDATE 9:25 p.m.: Colorado Springs police went on accident alert staus at 9:20 p.m. due to heavy rain.

"Drivers are reminded if they are involved in a traffic accident with no fatality or injury requiring medical attention, no driver involved is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and no damage to public property such as a street sign or utility pole has occurred, drivers should exchange information and follow the procedure for completing a counter (cold) report," the department said. 

UPDATE 9:15 p.m.: The National Weather Service has issued a flood adviisory for Colorado Springs as heavy rain passes over the region.

The Weather Service said heavy rainfall from thunderstorms flooded many streets in the Pikes Peak region.

The good news: The fast-moving storms are expected to quickly leave the region.

"They should be done in the next hour or so," said Weather Service forecaster Kathy Torgerson.

UPDATE 9 p.m.: A fast-moving line of thunderstorms stretched from Fountain to Broomfield Friday night, dumping heavy rain across the Pikes Peak region.

KKTV forecasters reported rainfall rates of up to 2 inches per hour in the Stratmoor Hills neighborhood. Colorado Springs police reported water over several roadways, from I-25 and Woodmen to Highway 115.

Some the worst water on roads was on South 8th Street near Moreno, where police said stalled vehicles were stuck in the deluge.

Power was out in the city's Old North End neighborhood, police said.

Firefighters were called to a lightning strike at Nevada Avenue and Fillmore Street.

ORIGINAL STORY: Forecasters say more severe weather - including isolated tornadoes and golf ball-size hail - could hit the Pikes Peak region Friday afternoon and evening.

Possible showers and thunderstorms may strike in the northern and eastern parts of Pueblo and El Paso counties during the afternoon and evening, said meteorologist Mike Nosko of the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

El Paso County has a "slight risk" of the severe weather, and Pueblo County is at a "marginal risk," Nosko added.

The storms were rolling in - lightning was reported at 2 p.m. near the Air Force Academy.

KKTV forecaster Austin Harley said the storms in Colorado are the remnants of Hurricane Andres, which churned up the Pacific about 1,000 miles west of Mexico over the weekend before breaking up.

The weather service said Colorado Springs Airport received .10 inches of rain through midnight Friday.

Colorado Springs had a 40 percent chance of precipitation after 1 p.m. Friday until midnight Saturday, the weather service states.

Harley said stormy weather was expected in the Pikes Peak region through the weekend, but they probably won't be as severe as Thursday's storms.

On Thursday, an estimated five tornadoes touched down in northern El Paso and southern Elbert counties.

"We had tornadoes touching down and baseball-sized hail," said Robin Townley, deputy town clerk in Simla, which saw the worst of the weather Thursday.

Five houses received mild damage and one home had severe damage, according to the Elbert County Office of Emergency Management. Many cars were dented and dinged.

"Luckily, nobody was hurt," Townley said.

Hail as big as a softballs hit parts of Colorado Springs on Thursday, said meteorologist Mark Wankowski of the National Weather Service.

Fort Carson saw some of the worst of the hail, with shredded trees and plants, broken windshields and dented cars reported around the post, spokeswoman Dani Johnson said Friday.

"We had no major structural damage," Johnson said.

One-inch hail was reported near downtown and the southwest parts of the city.

Elsewhere in Colorado, a tornado landed along the Boulder-Larimer County line and at least 25 homes were damaged by heavy rain, heavy hail and damaging winds, the Associated Press reported. There no reports of injuries from the tornado.

Thunderstorms capable of producing large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes could hit the Denver/Boulder area through the evening hours Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.

Also, flash flooding is possible with strong storms in the foothills and urban corridor from until 10 p.m., the weather service says.

More severe weather could roll into the state late next week thanks to another Pacific hurricane, Harley said.

Hurricane Bianca was building strength south of Mexico's Baja Peninsula on Friday, and was expected to make landfall northwest of La Paz on Monday.

The remnants of that storm could arrive in Colorado by next weekend, he said.

Senior Military Editor

Tom Roeder is the Gazette's senior military editor. In Colorado Springs since 2003, Tom covers seven military installations in Colorado, including five in the Pikes Peak region. His main job, though, is being dad to two great kids.

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