Park County Tornado Survey - Aug 18th 2009



The National Weather Service office in Boulder, Colorado performed a storm damage assessment of the Park county tornado that occurred on Tuesday, August 18th, 2009. The tornado first touched down approximately 2 miles north of Eleven Mile State Park at 1:16 PM, and then tracked eastward skipping across mountainous terrain before reaching the northern side of Lake George. The tornado finally dissipated 1 mile northeast of Lake George around 1:33 PM. The entire path length of the tornado was close to 10 miles, and the damage path reached a maximum width of 100 yards 4 miles west of Lake George.

 Property damage from this storm occurred near the beginning of the tornado 2 miles north of Eleven Mile State Park. Two small sheds and 1 camper were completely destroyed, while another steel framed barn suffered major damage, and 2 homes received somewhat less damage with a few broken windows, cracked siding, loss of shingles, and a collapsed deck awning. The other location of property damage was on the northeast side of Lake George where another camper was flipped and destroyed, and minor damage also occurred with signs knocked down along Highway 24 on the north side of town. Between Eleven Mile Reservoir and Lake George, there were numerous areas of significant tree damage.   Large two foot diameter ponderosa pine trees were uprooted and snapped off. 
 This damage supports an Enhanced Fujita Scale rating of an EF-1.The tornado track and photos of damage can be seen below.
Note: The dynamic map below denotes the estimated tornado path.  Click on each icon for more information.

View Park County Tornado Survey - EF1 in a larger map
Photos Below highlight Tornado Damage

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