Passengers stuck at Denver airport following hail

By the Associated Press | July 14, 2011 | 9:44 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Some flights are being delayed or canceled at Denver International Airport following a hail storm that stranded about 1,000 passengers overnight.

Airport spokeswoman Laura Coale said Thursday all planes damaged by hail in Wednesday night's storm must be evaluated, and that process is slowing operations. She says some planes also are being taken out of service because of damage, but it wasn't immediately clear how many.

The storm dropped hail around the Denver area and caused flight delays and some cancelations at the airport Wednesday night. The hail was about three-quarters of an inch in diameter at the airport.

Coale said the stranded passengers weren't given blankets or cots because the airlines didn't request help accommodating them. About 200 people sleep at the airport on a typical night.