Updated 8:20 p.m. - Information on June 7th El Paso County Tornadoes

A preliminary damage survey was conducted after a severe supercell thunderstorm passed through eastern El Paso County the evening of June 7th.  There was much wind and hail damage in eastern El Paso County. It was determined that two tornadoes occurred, one north of Calhan and another south of Ramah.  

North of Calhan a tornado crossed the Elbert-El Paso County line, moving south-southwest.  Below is a map of the 2.6 mile path of the tornado, which was around 200 yards wide at its maximum.  

 

 Just north of the county line, in Elbert County, the tornado passed just east of this house, which was heavily damaged by large wind-driven hail...

The tornado snapped off large tree limbs and peeled a roof of an old out building...

The tornado then moved into El Paso County over open fields before hitting a ranch. Two 40x60 foot buildings, two 30x50 foot buildings, and a roof on a house were affected.  Below is one of the 40x60 foot buildings...

The roof of the house was partially peeled off...

A 30x50 foot dog kennel was destroyed.  One of the dogs perished.


A garage was also destroyed...

A 40x60 foot building was completely destroyed, while the hay inside did not move.

A piece of farm equipment was moved 70 feet to the west...

Pieces of the buildings were found 1.5 miles to the south.

Two other residences were affected to the south.  This large outbuilding was destroyed, along with a few other large sheds...

The  tornado north of Calhan was rated an EF1, in accord with the EF Scale.

 

A rare anti-cyclonic (clockwise rotating) tornado occurred south of Ramah...

 Since the tornado did not hit any man-made structures, it is rated an EF0.  The photo above was taken by the storm chase team of Verne Carlson and Beth McCarley.  It was reported to have been a tornado for about 2 minutes.  The exact path has yet to be determined.

Meanwhile, another supercell developed on the east side of Colorado Springs, and brought large, damaging hail to that area.  The storm took a similar path to the damaging hailstorm of the night before.

Updates on this story will be provided when more data is collected.  Last update 8:20 p.m., Friday, June 8th.

- Tom Magnuson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, WFO Pueblo



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