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GENOA, Colo. — Powerful thunderstorms created funnel clouds and brought tornado warnings to parts of metro Denver and Lincoln County late Monday afternoon. There were two confirmed tornadoes that touched down near Kiowa and Last Chance on the Eastern Plains.

Damage from the storm near Limon and Genoa was reported by sheriff’s deputies after the warnings had expired.

Damage was seen to multiple buildings and debris was seen scattered on the ground as well as building parts that were reportedly thrown three-quarters of a mile.

Officials in Lincoln County said power lines were down in the area and advised travelers to avoid the area. No injuries were reported.

A semitrailer was also knocked over because of strong winds in the area causing backups on westbound Interstate 70 at Limon.

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Funnel clouds were spotted southeast of Denver around the Douglas and Elbert county lines. One photo showed a debris field in the air near Elbert County.

Severe thunderstorms in other parts of the metro area produced hail, brief periods of heavy rain and strong wind.

A tornado watch was issued for the foothills, the Front Range including metro Denver and most of the eastern half of Colorado until 11 p.m. Monday.

The arrival of a cold front kept temperatures much cooler than they have been the past week. Monday’s high was only around 80 degrees.

Storms developed in many places along the Front Range and the Plains.

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The storms rolled into the metro area and then the Plains from the mountains, becoming more severe as they marched east.

Temperatures will remain cool Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs only in the lower 70s. Things begin to dry out and warm up later in the week.

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