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Aug 3, 2013 6:17 PM by Stephen Bowers

Severe Thunderstorm Watch for SE Colo. for Saturday

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for much of Southeastern Colorado until 10 PM Saturday.

Click here to view First Alert 5 Live Doppler Radar.

On the map above, the pink indicates the Severe Thunderstorm Watch. The yellow north of our area indicates a Tornado Watch.

This Severe Thunderstorm Watch includes the following counties: El Paso, Pueblo, Teller, Las Animas, Otero, Crowley, Bent, Baca, Prowers, and Kiowa.

These cities are within the watch area: Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Woodland Park, La Junta, Las Animas, Trinidad, Kim, Springfield, and Lamar.

A thunderstorm is classified as severe when it produces one of the following: hail 1 inch in diameter or larger, winds over 58 mph, or a tornado. Lightning is NOT part of the criteria for a storm to be considered severe, but intense, dangerous lightning is also possible with these thunderstorms.

Damaging wind and hail are the primary threats for Southeastern Colorado this afternoon and evening. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

A greater threat for tornadoes exists for the Denver Metro area and for Colorado's Northeast Plains.

A Flash Flood Watch is also in effect for El Paso and Teller Counties until midnight.

Monitor NOAA Weather Radio and follow News 5 and the First Alert 5 Storm Team on air, online, and on Facebook and Twitter for the latest weather information.

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