Tornado spotted near Lamar in SE Colorado

May 24, 2011

A tornado warning in southeastern Colorado has shifted to Prowers County.

The National Weather Service said radar spotted a tornado five miles east of Lamar at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday. The tornado was moving northeast at 15 mph.

Meanwhile, residents in the northwestern and most of eastern Colorado have been told to watch for minor flooding while heavy rain and hail have prompted flood watches along the Front Range.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board said Tuesday flooding potential for El Paso, Elbert, Lincoln, Washington, Morgan and Logan counties has increased because of strong thunderstorms dumping rain and hail on top of already swollen creeks and streams.

Authorities have also issued a flash flood watch for northeastern Colorado. The National Weather Service said Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick and Washington counties there should watch for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms dumping 2 to 4 inches of rain through Wednesday morning.

Earlier Tuesday in El Paso County, hail and rain were reported shortly after dawn in north Colorado Springs and Monument.


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