A high-altitude tornado packing estimated 70 mph winds touched down at nearly 8,000 feet on Monday, July 22, 2019, causing damage in several parts of Custer County, Colorado.
The National Weather Service received reports of a narrow funnel reaching from storm clouds above down to the ground in Silver Cliff, Colorado at about 4:35 p.m, Monday, July 22, causing damage to a nearby lake, power lines, homes, trailers, and possibly a propane leak.
According to the tweet below from the National Weather Service in Pueblo, preliminary results have rated this tornado as an EF0, with an estimated damage path of 1/2 mile long and up to 25 yards wide. EF0 tornado wind speeds range from 65-85 mph, based on information from the Fujita Scale.
Preliminary results from tornado near DeWeese Reservoir, north of Westcliffe. EF0, no injuries, estimated 70 MPH max wind, 1/2 mile long path up to 25 yards wide. Minor structure damage. #cowx
— NWS Pueblo (@NWSPueblo) July 23, 2019
Breaking news reporter Matt Kroschel shared images of the heavy damage left behind from this rare Colorado tornado.
COLORADO 🌪TWISTER🌪 REPORTED:
Some of the damage left behind from what was most likely a tornado near #Westcliffe Colorado this evening. Reports of power poles snapped, gas lines leaking -Sheriff
Darwin Smith= damage 📸
— Matt Kroschel (@Matt_Kroschel) July 23, 2019
According to a recent report from KKTV, at least 2 homes were destroyed after the tornado tore through the area. No injuries were reported.
According to the National Weather Service, tornadoes have been reported in all 50 states, but are most common in the Central Plains and the southeastern United States. They can occur on any day of the year and at any hour.
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