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5 things to know: July 30, 2019

Scud in El Paso County
Posted at 6:24 AM, Jul 30, 2019

Good Tuesday morning! Here are the top stories we're following this morning in southern Colorado after a stormy evening in El Paso County Monday.

Funnel cloud spotted in El Paso County was likely not a tornado

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for parts of El Paso County last night after it received multiple reports of a funnel cloud coming from a strong thunderstorm near Black Forest and Falcon. However, First Alert 5 meteorologist Sam Schreier said the cloud was likely scud, or low hanging clouds that lack the dangerous high winds and rotation seen in tornadoes. The National Weather Service said there was not a confirmed touchdown and no damage has been reported.

El Paso County Sheriff's Office looking for missing, at-risk woman

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is asking for help to find 18-year-old Samantha Lynn Ellis. She was last seen around 9 a.m. in the 10400 block of Cedar Breaks Drive in Falcon, which is near the intersection of Londonderry and Meridian. She's 4'10 and weighs approximately 87 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone who sees her or has information on her location, call El Paso County dispatch immediately at 719-390-5555.

All clear given following report of suspicious activity at Peterson AFB

Peterson Air Force Base said a suspicious object that was misidentified led base officials to issue a "real world alert" and a shelter in place order Monday night. The all-clear was issued just before 6 p.m. after investigators determined there was no threat.

Forecast: Hot today with a few non severe storms across the region

Temperatures will soar into the 90s and a few triple digits out of the mountains and into the plains through the afternoon, even with heavier cloud cover by the end of the day. Some storms will fire over the mountains, but they should die out by the time they reach the I-25 corridor.

Worried about the Capital One hack? Here's what to do

Approximately 100 million people in the United States and 6 million more in Canada are affected by a data breach from Capital One. The company said about 140,000 Social Security numbers, 1 million Canadian Social Insurance numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers were compromised. Here are the steps you should take to protect yourself.