DENVER (CBS4) – The National Weather Service has confirmed three tornadoes touched down in Park County on Sunday, all in high elevations, roughly at or above 8,000 feet.
The first tornado developed 8 miles south-southwest of Fairplay at 10:55 a.m. and was on the ground for 9 minutes. It was given a rating of EF-1, meaning that winds were between 86-110 mph. It occurred at an elevation of 9,800 feet and caused damage to the roof of a home.
The second tornado developed 6 miles southeast of Fairplay at 11:06 a.m. and was on the ground for 9 minutes. It was given a rating of EF-0, meaning that winds were between 65-85 mph. It occurred at an elevation of 9,400 feet and stayed over open country.
The third tornado developed 4 miles west of Lake George at 12:32 p.m. and was on the ground for 25 minutes. It was given a rating of EF-2, meaning that winds were between 111-135 mph. It occurred at an elevation between 8,000 and 9,000 feet and caused damage to some homes and an RV park.
While most of the damage along the Lake George tornado’s path was EF-0 and EF-1, there was a pocket were the damage reached EF-2 intensity.
These tornadoes were rare in that most Colorado tornadoes do not happen so early in the day or at such a high altitude.
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There were 6 additional tornado reports from the outbreak, including one that flipped a construction trailer and injured a man on a golf cart at Blackstone Country Club in southeast Aurora.
That tornado touched down at 12:58 p.m. and was rated EF-1.