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More strong storms, possible isolated tornadoes will impact southeast Colorado this afternoon

Kiowa storm_Amanda Melnyk
Posted at 1:40 PM, Jun 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-09 17:24:29-04

Thunderstorms moving over Colorado's mountains will intensify once they reach the southeast plains, bringing a risk for large hail, damaging winds and possible isolated tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

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Over the mountains, residents can expect gusts up to 50 mph, lightning and brief light rain between noon and 7 p.m. As the storm progresses east, it will bring strong winds and hail up to 1 inch in diameter along the Interstate 25 corridor. By the time it reaches farther east onto the plains, gusts will reach up to 75 mph, hail may be 2 inches in diameter, and isolated tornadoes are possible, according to the NWS.

The storms will reach their strongest points in southeast Colorado — especially eastern El Paso County — between 1 and 8 p.m., NWS said. The greatest risk for tornadoes is Kiowa County and northern Prowers County.

Warm with a few storms in Denver this afternoon

Around 1 p.m., severe weather warnings and watches were starting to pop up along the eastern plains. Click here for a full list of weather alerts.

After this system moves out of the state, conditions will dry out and warm up. Triple-digit heat is possible across the eastern plains over the weekend, which will lead to an increase in critical fire weather.

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