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Blog: Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect for northern El Paso County

Significant hail across the region
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Posted at 12:16 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 21:24:45-04

Severe weather is hitting southern Colorado this afternoon and early evening, bringing heavy rain, hail, flash flood warnings, and a tornado warning for north central El Paso County.

The News5 team will update this blog with the necessary information through the evening hours.

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5:30pm - Storm reports are coming in from across the region with hail hitting along the Front Range from Fountain to Monument and out into Black Forest. Send us your photos and videos via email mypics@koaa.com or tag us on social media using @KOAA.

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4:45pm - A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for north central El Paso County until 5:30pm. Locations impacted include, Northeastern Colorado Springs, Peyton, Falcon and Cimarron Hills.

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4:34pm - A Flash Flood Warning is now in effect for northwestern El Paso County until 7:30 pm.

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4:00 pm - A Tornado Warning is in effect for northern El Paso County until 4:45 pm.

At 4:31 PM, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Black Forest, or 9 miles northeast of Colorado Springs, moving southeast at 15 mph.

Hazards: Tornado and golf ball size hail.
IMPACT: Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely. This tornadic thunderstorm will remain over mainly rural areas of north central El Paso County.

Take cover now! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

3:55 pm - Storms moving south and growing in El Paso County:

3:42 pm - Severe storms crossing south over the Palmer Divide:

3:22 pm - Severe Thunderstorm El Paso County:

3 pm - Pea to Marble sized hail reported in Castle Rock:

2:30 pm - Severe storms moving south of Denver:

1:10 p.m. - Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued:

12:45 p.m. - Large hail threat:

12:15 p.m. - Forecast model simulations for the afternoon and evening:

11:30 a.m. - What and when to expect:

Storms are expected to form over the mountains and Palmer Divide this afternoon and quickly become severe as they enter the I-25 corridor.

Storms will move out of the mountains and Palmer Divide around 2 pm and likely be east of El Paso and Pueblo counties by 7 pm this evening.

All forms of severe weather are possible today, but our biggest concerns are up to 2" hail, isolated tornadoes, and flooding.

Our tornado outlook today favors El Paso County in, mainly between 2 to 5 pm today.

Tornadoes are often weak and short-lived in southern Colorado, but please seek shelter in low lying areas away from windows if you receive a warning on your phone or weather radio.

9 a.m. - Meteorologist Alex O'Brien breaks down what we can see today:

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