By Meteorologist Chris Spears

DENVER (CBS4) – A massive supercell thunderstorm developed in extreme southeast Colorado early Saturday evening and it produced a large, rain-wrapped tornado in the extreme southeast part of Las Animas County, about 9 miles southeast of Kim. Numerous storm chasers described the twister as a large cone. Thankfully the storm was moving over open country.

The storm prompted a Particularly Dangerous Situation (PDS) Tornado Warning for the area. Numerous storm chasers were following the storm and making real-time reports via Twitter to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

In addition to the size of the storm something even more unusual was the location. A point on the map where three states and two time zones meet up. Three different offices of the National Weather Service were involved with warning the public about this storm.

  • Colorado – NWS Pueblo had warnings issued for southeast Las Animas County and southwest Baca County
  • Oklahoma – NWS Amarillo had a warning issued for northwest Cimarron County
  • New Mexico – NWS Albuquerque had a warning issued for northeast Union County
  • A Tornado Watch was in effect for southeast Colorado at the time of the storm. As the tornadic storm crossed the state lines it threatened the small town of Kenton, Oklahoma, which had a population of 5 as of 2019, according to a Google search.

    Meteorologist Chris Spears