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Tornado Watch issued for parts of Colorado

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for several Colorado counties, including Cheyenne, El Paso and Pueblo.

COLORADO, USA — Many counties, mostly in southern and southeastern Colorado, have now been placed under a Tornado Watch until 9 p.m. Saturday said the National Weather Service (NWS).

>> The video above is about how Colorado's weekend tornado outbreak last week was not unusual. Here's the science.

The full list of counties under Tornado Watch includes:

  • Baca                 
  • Bent                
  • Cheyenne
  • Crowley              
  • Elbert              
  • El Paso
  • Kiowa                
  • Las Animas          
  • Lincoln
  • Otero                
  • Prowers             
  • Pueblo 

The watch also includes parts of Kansas. According to NWS, aside from tornadoes residents in those areas could see scattered wind gusts up to 70 MPH and tennis ball-sized hail.

Close to a million people live in the affected area, according to NWS.

>> Keep up with the latest weather updates from 9NEWS here

The Tornado Watch comes just a week after a very busy couple of days for tornado activity in Colorado.

Last Saturday and Sunday, NWS said, there were at least 16 different tornadoes in all.

Colorado averages 46 tornadoes a year, the eighth-highest total in the country.

> Look below at the LIVE: Interactive weather radar

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