Large hail and tornadoes likely headed to big part of Colorado

Stock photo. A tornado touches down in the Colorado eastern plains near Wray. Photo Credit: BeyondImages. (iStock, File Photo).

Severe weather could come to parts of Colorado today, August 8, 2019, bringing threats of large hail, damaging winds, flash flooding, frequent lightning, and isolated tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.

The main threats during these severe thunderstorms across the southern mountains and nearly all of the southeastern plains will be large hail and strong winds gusts.

A flash flood watch is also in effect from 3:00 p.m this afternoon through the evening. Intense, heavy rainfall is likely to create dangerous flash flooding across the southern mountains, I-25 corridor, and higher elevations of the Pikes Peak region. Areas at the greatest risk for flash flooding include burn scars in the mountains and cities along the urban I-25 corridor. Potential hazards include rockslides, mudslides, and debris flows. See the map below for areas under a flash flood watch.

Large hail and tornadoes likely headed to big part of Colorado

Map Credit: National Weather Service

A flash food watch means be prepared to get to higher ground. Move out of creek beds, stream channels, arroyos, drainages and other lower-lying areas where water may flow. Roads may flood rapidly and become impassable. Do not drive into water-covered areas. Turn around, don’t drown.

Areas impacted by severe weather include Black Forest, Colorado Springs, Peterson AFB, Pueblo, Trinidad, Coaldale, Cotopaxi, Hillside, Howard, Swissvale, Texas Creek, Silver Cliff, Westcliffe, Woodland Park, Pikes Peak, Canon City, and Penrose.

Large hail and tornadoes likely headed to big part of Colorado

Map Credit: National Weather Service

Stay indoors and away from windows during severe weather. Areas hit by storms could see possible damage to trees, property, and utilities. Power outages are also possible.

Please note that all weather statements are subject to change or extend. For more information, click here.



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