COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Latest on a hail storm that hit the Colorado Springs area (all times local):

2:55 p.m.

A Colorado zoo is cleaning up after a hail storm that killed two birds and sent five people to the hospital.

The president of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Bob Chastain, said Tuesday that hail between about 3 to 4 inches (7.6 and 10.1 centimeters) smashed the skylights of several buildings, including some where animals are kept, on Monday. He says some workers were injured as they tried to get animals to safety.

The zoo said the two animals killed were a 13-year-old Cape vulture named Motswari and a 4-year-old Mucovy duck named Daisy.

He said 16 other animals were also injured, most not seriously.

Chastain said no animals escaped. A young meerkat still hasn't been seen but Chastain said the animals, which grow up to be about 1 ½ pounds, burrow so it's likely just underground.

Dozens of cars were stranded in the zoo's parking lots after being pummeled by hail.


8:30 a.m.

A Colorado zoo is closed after large hail killed two birds and sent five people to the hospital.

Officials at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo say the facility suffered extensive property damage in Monday afternoon's short but intense storm.

The storm hit as about 3,400 people were at the zoo southwest of downtown Colorado Springs and cars were pummeled in the parking lot.

Koch says a vulture and a duck were killed. A second vulture was also injured.

The National Weather Service says hail the size of baseballs was reported at the zoo and softball-sized hail was reported nearby.

The luxury Broadmoor Hotel and resort also was pounded by hail and a school district postponed the first day of school until hail damage could be assessed.