Storms Bring Tornadoes, Hail to Southern Colorado

By: Branden Borremans, Lauri Martin Email
By: Branden Borremans, Lauri Martin Email
To join the conversation on this story and others, "like" our KKTV 11 News Facebook page!

A tornado touched down in eastern Park and Teller counties Tuesday afternoon, causing damage near 11 Mile Reservoir and Lake George.

A park ranger at 11 Mile Reservoir reported a tornado just east of the park at 1:16pm. The Park County Undersheriff says there are no injuries to report.

11 News visited Vivian Linville's weekend home. The tornado ripped through her three sheds and her garage. All her belongings were thrown across her property. "I'm so bewildered about what happened," says Linville.

The tornado went on to do more damage near Lake George, where several trees were uprooted in the 11 Mile Subdivision. "It was like a train," says Raymond Strother about the sound of the tornado. "Look at the trees. The tornado ripped them up and broke them in half like a toothpick." The tornado also reportedly threw a trailer uphil and levelled a concession stand, tossing its roof fifty feet.

11 News viewers saw the tornado touch down from their homes in Florissant Heights area in Florissant and the Highland Lakes area in Divide. "It was just a monster. It was a huge funnel cloud. You could see it touch the ground. It was unbelievable," says Dave Cruz. He captured the tornado on home video.

This wasn't the only tornado spotted in Southern Colorado on Tuesday. There were multiple reports of funnel clouds southeast of Walsenburg. A spotter also reported a tornado 11 miles southeast of Walsenburg with debris visible.

Other areas were peppered with penny to quarter-size hail as storms raced across the I-25 corridor. Even ping pong ball -size hail was reported seven miles south of Pueblo.

There are no estimates of damages or reports of injures.

KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.

If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.

powered by Disqus
KKTV 520 E. Colorado Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Office: (719) 634-2844 Fax: (719) 632-0808 News Fax: (719) 634-3741
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 53589302 -
Gray Television, Inc.