AURORA, Colo. - At least eight tornadoes touched down in Colorado Sunday afternoon, causing damage to several structures, and injuring at least two people.
The first tornado, reported at 11:15 a.m., was 3 miles northeast of Fairplay, according to the National Weather Service. It was on the ground, in open country, for 5 minutes and damaged the roof of a structure.
The second tornado was 3 miles west of Lake George, also in Park County. It touched down around 12:32 p.m. The National Forest Service said about 50 acres of forest were damaged.
The third tornado, reported at 12:54 p.m., was 2 miles south of Grover in Weld County, with no reports of damage.
The fourth tornado hit at 12:58 p.m. near the Blackstone Golf Course in Aurora. It flipped a construction trailer and picked up a golf cart, slamming it to the ground and injuring at least two people.
A fifth tornado was reported 5 miles east-northeast of Palmer Lake, in Douglas County, according to the National Weather Service. The twister, recorded at 1:12 p.m., caused no damage.
A sixth tornado was spotted in Roggen in rural Weld County at 1:17 p.m.
A seventh tornado touched down near Prospect Valley in Weld County at 1:32 p.m., according to trained weather spotters.
The eighth tornado touched down briefly in an open field 15 miles southeast of Bennett, according to the National Weather Service.
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During the spate of severe weather that struck Sunday afternoon, a tornado warning was issued at one point for Arapahoe, Adams, Douglas and Weld counties but they expired with no other reports of injuries or damage.
The most populated area where a tornado touched down was in Aurora, near Blackstone Country Club. The tornado, reported around 12:58 p.m., flipped over a construction trailer and caused minor damage to one house, according to the National Weather Service. Two people in a golf cart that had been picked up by the twister were hurt. Read more about the Aurora tornado.
The Park County Sheriff's Office reported at least two tornadoes, possibly three, touched down in Park County between 11 a.m. and 12:40 p.m.
At 11:04 a.m. a severe thunderstorm passed through the Fairplay and Hartsel area of Park County. During this time the Park County Communications’ received multiple reports of a tornado on the ground moving northeast in the area of Black Mountain.
Emergency responders monitored the tornado and a reverse 911 call was made to residents within a 30-mile radius of Fairplay. This tornado touched down at 11:15 a.m. and was on the ground for approximately 5 minutes in fairly open country, damaging one structure, the NWS said.
The Park County Sheriff’s deputies, Fairplay Police, South Park Ambulance, Northwest Fire and Hartsel Fire were then dispatched to check subdivisions for injured people and to report on damage.
At about 12:28 p.m., another tornado was reported just north of the Eleven Mile State Park heading northeast toward Lake George. A second reverse 911 call was immediately sent out to residents within a 30-mile radius of the reported location. This funnel was reportedly moving at 10-15 mph.
The sheriff's office also received reports that another tornado was forming in the Fairplay area. The second Fairplay funnel did not touch down.
At approximately 12:39 p.m. Sheriff Fred Wegener reported a tornado had just struck Lake George. Several structures were damaged, the sheriff's office said. Emergency responders are currently working to assess damage and check for any injured people in the Lake George area. No injuries have been reported. There are reports of structural damage in the area.
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No other injuries or damage were reported from the tornadoes that touched down in Weld County or Douglas County.
Tornado watches cover most of eastern Colorado -- from Weld County to the New Mexico border -- until 8 p.m.
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