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Tornado warnings, severe storms hit Eastern Plains

A tornado warning until 7:30 p.m. covered part of Washington County.

ARAPAHOE, Colo. — Severe thunderstorms swept across the Eastern Plains on Wednesday.

A tornado warning that covered central Washington County was issued until 7:30 p.m. 

Another tornado warning was issued until 5:30 p.m. in Morgan County including Fort Morgan, Log Lane Village and Brush. 

Tornado warnings for part of Morgan County and part of Elbert County expired at 4:30 p.m. The Morgan County tornado warning included Goodrich and Weldona, in an area north of Wiggins and Fort Morgan. The Elbert County tornado warning included an unpopulated area south of Agate.

A tornado warning issued for part of Lincoln County including Boyero expired at 4:15 p.m. That area was also under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 4:45 p.m.

A Tornado Warning for parts of Arapahoe and Elbert counties expired at 3:30 p.m. It covered an area south of Interstate 70 and north of Elizabeth and Kiowa. The potential for a tornado was spotted on radar, and golf ball-sized hail was possible.

Broomfield rain photo David J Smith239 Berthoud TrlBroomfield, CO

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What is Severe Weather?

According to the National Weather Service, there are five specific types of weather that can qualify as "severe." They are tornadoes, floods, lightning, hail and wind.

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A thunderstorm is considered severe when winds reach at least 58 mph and/or contains hail at least 1" in diameter. When these conditions are met, the NWS will issue a severe thunderstorm warning.

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Lightning and heavy rain are not included, but often accompany severe thunderstorms.

The National Weather Service will issue a flash flood warning when the flooding is already occurring or imminent. A flash flood watch means that conditions are favorable for a flash flood and those in the area should keep a close watch.

A tornado watch is issued by the NWS when they determine that weather conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes. They usually last for a long time, cover a large area and begin well before any tornadoes or other severe weather begin. 

A tornado warning is issued if a tornado is indicated by radar or reported by weather spotters. They are generally for a much smaller area and only last for about 30 minutes. If a tornado warning is issued in your area, you should seek shelter immediately.

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