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Tornado warning issued for Teller County

July 12, 2017 Updated: July 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm
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The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning until 3:45 p.m. Wednesday for Teller County, including the towns of Divide and Woodland Park.

A warning means that a tornado has been observed, according to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center website. 

Much of the area under the tornado warning is also under a severe thunderstorm warning for the same period of time.

The National Weather Service previously issued a flash flood watch for El Paso County, including urban areas of Colorado Springs.

Click here for the latest forecast from KKTV's Emily Roehler.

The watch went into effect 1 p.m. Wednesday and will continue through the evening. The combination of monsoon moisture and an upper level disturbance allows for heavy rain in the region, the weather service said in a release.

Big thunderstorms were expected to hit the area about 2 p.m. and then again between 5  and 6 p.m. with moderate to heavy rain falling for the majority of the day, weather service officials say.  Expect wind gusts, lightning and potential hail along with rainfall. Total rainfall is expected be 0.78 with more possible for areas hit hardest.   

Motorists are advised to avoid any areas of standing water. "Turn around and don't drown" is the motto weatherman Klint Skelly gave.  

The release also notes that the best chance of flash flooding will happen across the burn scars and in the urban areas of Colorado Springs.

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