The National Weather Service has issued a preliminary report for, The NWS says Thursday’s tornado is expected to be an EF-1 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.
The violent tornado traveled a total of 6.3 miles from Western Highlands Ranch to Lone Tree in northern Douglas County. Estimated peak wind is 97. But the number could rise after the NWS conducts an in-person damage survey on Friday. The width of the damage path is estimated at 1/4 mile wide.
Additionally, in addition to the tornado that struck Highlands Ranch, a second tornado touched down near Peyton, northeast of Colorado Springs.
Thursday’s storm left devastating hail from Evergreen to Elbert County. Morrison had hailstones the size of an egg 2 inches in diameter. Hail the size of a ping pong ball fell in Littleton at North Highlands Ranch.
If the tornado, wind and hail weren’t enough, the storm also soaked the South metro area with flooding rains. Rainfall from 1 to 4 inches fell in some places during Thursday’s storms.
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