Jun 8, 2012 3:07 PM by Paul Kavanaugh

National Weather Service: It was a tornado in eastern El Paso County

Survey teams from the National Weather Service office in Pueblo are in eastern El Paso County to document storm damage from Thursday night's severe weather.

So far, the tornado that crossed from Elbert County into El Paso has been preliminarily rated an EF1 on the Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale with estimated winds of 86 to 110 miles per hour.

The tornado passed over the intersection of West Ramah Road and Sakala Road (about 5 miles west of Ramah) where it destroyed two - 30 by 50 foot barns and two 40 by 60 foot barns. The tornado also damaged a roof on a house near this intersection, and it moved a hay wagon around 70 feet. The tornado continued traveling south southwest and lifted near Big Sandy Creek.

The width of the tornado was estimated to be around 200 yards.

The National Weather Service plans to survey other areas in eastern El Paso County as well.


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