8 tornadoes touch down in Colorado Sunday

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FAIRPLAY, Colo. — A tornado was spotted in the mountain town of Fairplay Sunday morning.

FOX31 Denver viewer Maureen Stewart sent us a photo of the twister about two miles south of the town around 11 a.m.

At this time, Park County Communications received several reports of a tornado on the ground moving northeast in the area of Black Mountain.

The twister lasted about five minutes. There have been reports of injuries or damage, according to Park County officials.

There was no tornado warnings or advisories for that area at the time.

Viewers also sent us photos of funnel clouds near Lake George to the south and east of Fairplay.

Shortly before 12:30 p.m. Sunday, another tornado was reported just north of the Eleven Mile State Park, heading northeast toward Lake George.

Park County Communications said a reverse 911 call was sent out to residents within 30 miles of the reported location. The tornado was reportedly moving at 10 to 15 miles per hour.

During this same time frame, a funnel cloud formation was reported in the Fairplay area, but this second Fairplay tornado did not touch down.

Sheriff Wegener said a third reported tornado touched down in Lake George at about 12:39 p.m. The tornado hit the Lake George Cabins and RV Park, damaging six trailer homes.

Forest Road 271 closed due to the weather, and Forest Roads 200 and 205 were impassable in some places.

The Storm Prediction Center reported that a total of eight tornadoes touched down in Colorado Sunday.

Tornadoes in Colorado’s high country are extremely rare.  The National Weather Service says 95 percent of Colorado tornadoes occur along and east of interstate 25 where heat and moisture in the lower atmosphere are often more abundant.

Fairplay is about two hours from Denver in Park County.

4 comments

  • Anonymous

    We would like to see pictures of damage at the Eleven Mile Canyon Trailer Park at Lake George. we understand a number of Mobile Homes and an RV were damaged as well as some of the cabins in the park. Also, power poles and lines were toppled and electricity to more than 60 cabins at Eleven Mile Ranch at Lake George was lost for several hours.

  • Anonymous

    “The twister lasted about five minutes. There have been reports of injuries or damage, according to Park County officials.
    There was no tornado warnings or advisories for that area at the time.”

    Seriously KDVR, could you at least proofread enough to ensure you get the facts correct if you aren’t going to bother making your subjects and verbs agree? There were reports of damage but no injuries in the Park County tornadoes. There were no tornado warnings or advisories, or there was no tornado warning or advisory.

  • teribssn

    Because,
    “Non-Coloradoan”, tornados in the mtns are extremely rare!
    The last one I recall was in Manitou, June, 1979

    P.S. I’m a 3rd Generation C/S Native

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