May 20, 2010 9:07 AM by Mike Madson

May 18th Tornadoes

Wednesday, May 18th was a severe weather day in southern Colorado, with everything from torrential rain to ping-pong ball sized hail to at least one tornado reported.

One severe thunderstorm developed near La Junta shortly after 6 PM. Radar echoes made it appear that a tornado was possible, and a warning was issued, but if one actually developed, it was hidden in heavy rain and hail. (No damage consistent with a tornado touchdown was observed after the storm).

The severe storm was in Kiowa county at 7:21 PM, when the first report of a tornado was received.

Severe weather lasted late into the evening. Wednesday, a National Weather Service meteorologist went out to find any damage. It was found about 10 miles outside Eads. He found an old power pole tilted over, the center pivot of an irrigation system twisted, small tree limbs stripped off trees, and part of the roof of a very old house torn off. The Meteorologist determined the path of the tornado was about 50 yards and the length of about a mile.

Tornado intensity ratings on the enhanced Fujita scale are assigned after the storm is over, and are based on damage to structures and vegetation, both of which are very sparse in this part of the NewsFirst 5 viewing area, but the following images (one of the tornado), prompted National Weather Service investigators to assess the storm as an EF0 (on a scale of EF0 to EF5).

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