In size, the Elbert County tornado was a big one. However, tornado size doesn't always mean that it is a strong tornado. This tornado at its widest was about a quarter of a mile wide. No doubt, a big tornado anywhere let alone Colorado. However, most of the damage was done by EF-1 and EF-2 winds. Thankfully, no injuries or fatalities. Below is the damage survey information from the National Weather Service Office in Boulder:
The National Weather Service in Boulder conducted a storm survey for the June 15th Elbert County Tornadoes. There were three separate tornadoes. The strongest tornado began 8 miles south southwest of Elizabeth with an EF0 rating. This tornado then moved southeast and intensified with EF1 an EF2 damage noted 9 miles south of Elizabeth. The tornado then moved on a more southerly track for the next 2 miles with additional EF1 an EF2 damage seen. The tornado then continued southward for another mile before lifting with some EF0 and EF1 damage seen. The total path length was around 4 miles with the maximum width around 1/4 mile at its peak.
Two additional short lived tornadoes occurred with one 4 miles south of Elbert and the other 5 miles southeast of Elbert. Both of these tornadoes were rated EF0.
Here are some pictures of damage associated with the tornado 8 to 9 miles south of Elizabeth.
Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe
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