Tornadoes hit SE Colorado; no injuries reported

Tornadoes hit SE Colorado; no injuries reported

Tuesday, June 01, 2010


••• Another round of severe thunderstorms in Southeastern Colorado spawned at least four tornadoes Monday in Baca County.

There were no reported injuries.

Emergency officials reported the tornadoes knocked down telephone poles in open country and that hail with the storms broke out windows in homes and cars.

Emergency sirens sounded in several of the county’s small communities.

The National Weather Service reported the first tornado touched down at about 01:57 p.m. near Pritchett.

At 06:32 p.m. Doppler radar was tracking another tornado about nine miles southeast of Campo.

Stan Rose, a meteorologist with the weather service, said the second storm crossed into the Oklahoma Panhandle close to 07:000 p.m.

Rose said there were reports of tennis ball-sized hail in these storms.

“The tornadoes were over fairly rural areas,” Rose said.

Baca County officials reported two other tornadoes but they were not confirmed by the weather service.

The sheriff’s office reported telephone poles being knocked down along county roads C and 33. There also were reports of power lines and antennas down in Campo.
Riley Frazee, emergency management director for Baca County, said Campo residents were lucky the tornado did not touch down there.

“The rotation (of the storm) went directly over Campo. They got a lot of hail,” Frazee said.

Frazee said an old wooden shed attached to a cement foundation was lifted, moved about 30 feet and set on its top on County Road C about 3 miles east of U.S. 287.

“Campo cut it real close. We were there watching the clouds and right above the town there was huge rotation. The funnel cloud started to come down, but moved east,” Frazee said.

“The tornadoes that we usually see are kind of the thinner rope tornadoes, but these were the big ones,” he said.

Frazee said the tornado near Pritchett was about two miles wide as it swirled on its base.

“They were huge today. It was a good day for weather spotting,” Frazee said.

The latest round of storms came less than one week since Southeastern Colorado was hit with several other severe storms.

On May 25, the weather service reported a tornado touched down in Baca County causing minor damage.

On the same day, the weather service reported 11 small tornadoes touched down over open country between Sheridan Lake and Towner in Kiowa County.

There were no injuries or major damages reported in any of those storms.



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