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Significant Rain and Flooding Threat Along the Texas Coast; Dangerous Heat Persists From the Midwest to the Northeast

Potential Tropical Cyclone One will likely bring significant heavy rain, flash, urban and river flooding and wind impacts to southern Texas Wednesday. A Moderate Risk (level 3 of 4) of Excessive Rainfall is in effect. A dangerous heat wave will continue this week over the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and the Northeast. Numerous record-tying/breaking high temperatures are possible. Read More >

Overview

During the early afternoon of July 20th, a supercell thunderstorm developed over western Teller County. As this storm tracked eastward, it quickly developed a tornado on the northern slopes of Pikes Peak. This tornado caused extensive tree damage just west of the Pikes Peak Highway, with numerous large and healthy softwood uprooted trees observed. The tornado then crossed the Pikes Peak Highway in between mile markers 8 and 9, where it increased in intensity. Once again, extensive tree damage with numerous uprooted softwood trees along with sporadic snapped softwood trees. At this point, the tornado was likely at peak intensity given the extent of the tree damage. Damage in this area was consistent, with the degree of damage indicating the highest estimated winds were up to 108 mph. Clear convergent and cyclonic damage patterns were well noted in this area. The tornado continued east crossing the Crystal Creek Reservoir, where additional uprooted softwood trees were observed. The tornado then proceeded to cross the Pikes Peak Highway two more times causing similar tree damage, before lifting close to the Pikes Peak Highway near mile marker 5.
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