DENVER – At least one structure was damaged by one of several tornadoes reported in the rural eastern plains of Colorado.
Julie Brooks, spokeswoman for the Arapahoe County Sheriff Office, told KUSA-TV in Denver that a Twister damaged a roof near Byers on Friday night. She said that it was unclear if another tornado landing in a field in the nearby Deer Trail caused damage.
The NWS reported on their website that one of the tornadoes landed 11 miles south-southeast of Leader in Arapahoe County. Another landed about 7 miles northeast of Ponderosa Park. A third tornado landed in Elbert County, 3 km northeast of Ponderosa Park.
Flash alerts have been issued until 10:30 pm.
NEW VIDEO ̵1; This was the look of High Plains Raceway Friday afternoon in Deer Trail, Colorado, on a tornado in the distance. There have been reports of at least 1 injury and damage from this storm. #cowx pic.twitter.com/nVBKoqyL2h
– Meredith Garofalo (@GarofaloWX) July 28, 2018
Earlier, Friday afternoon, the NWS had issued a tornado watch for the bulk of eastern Colorado until 9pm The clock does not cover Denver but extends from the Denver County line east to Kansas and north through the south of Wyoming. It includes Fort Collins as well as the entire northeastern part of the state.
"Heavy storms are expected to flow southeast to southeast across eastern Colorado this afternoon and evening, with baseball hail, wind gusts of up to 80 miles per hour, and very heavy rainfall with heavy thunderstorms," warns the National Weather Service. "Isolated tornadoes will also be possible with storms over eastern Colorado."
The main threat to severe storms will be east of a line from Briggsdale to Fort Morgan to Limon. Further west, storms with gusts of wind to 40 miles per hour, small hail and short heavy rain are weaker.
Heavy storms probably over the eastern plains this afternoon and evening. Baseball size hail, gusts of wind up to 80 mph, & very heavy rain accompanied strongest storms. Isolated tornadoes also possible. #cowx pic.twitter.com/SZpObJ0LvB
– NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) July 27, 2018
In Denver, there is a 30 percent chance of rain and rain Thunderstorm in the evening. The high temperature will be around 87 degrees.
On Saturday it will be a bit cooler with a high of about 84 degrees. There is a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening, the weather service says.
There is a better chance for rain and thunderstorms on Sunday, when the high temperature will be in the upper 70s.
Denver The subway area will dry out on Monday. There is only a 10 percent chance of rain before noon. Then it is mostly sunny with a high temperature of about 77 degrees.
Between tuesday and thursday the temperatures rise slowly from the middle of the 80s until the 90s.