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Wet weather brings warnings, but no damage

By: STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com
July 12, 2014 Updated: July 12, 2014 at 10:12 pm
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A car drives through a flooded portion of Powers Road at the intersection of Peyton Highway near the area where a tornado touched down in Hanover Saturday, July 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

A wet Saturday brought sporadic rain, a few heavy showers, thunderstorm watches and flash flood warnings throughout El Paso County, but no damage was done.

A flash flood watch was in effect until midnight, the national weather service said, due to thunderstorms with heavy downpours over areas including Colorado Springs, El Paso County and the Waldo Canyon burn scar. The watch, which began at 1 p.m., included areas extending south to the New Mexico border.

A flood advisory for northeastern El Paso County warned that rain could cause creeks and small streams to overflow was in effect for about three hours on Saturday night. A heavy storm in Douglas County began by moving south into Monument before it began moving east.

Austin Bluffs Parkway was closed for more than three hours in the afternoon between Meadow Lane and Mallow Road due to flooding, Colorado Springs police said. The lanes reopened at 5 p.m. A mudslide on U.S. 24 at milemarker 273 near Divide blocked lanes for about 40 minutes, the Colorado Department of Transportation said. Highway 50 had minor flooding about seven miles west of Ca?n City, the Colorado State Patrol said, and many rocks fell on the road.

A tornado was spotted near Hanover and touched ground "for at least five minutes," said Steve Hodanish, of the National Weather Service in Pueblo. A tornado warning was issued for south central El Paso and northern Pueblo counties for a period of about 25 minutes.

Emily Roehler, a meteorologist with KKTV, said the slow speed of the storms, not necessarily the intensity, caused problems. Some storms, she said, were moving as slow as 10 mph or were even stationary, which meant large amounts of rain dropped on areas, causing increased chances of flooding.

The largest amount of precipitation to hit the county came in the Briargate area of Colorado Springs, where 3.3 inches of rain fell.

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