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On June 4, 2015 several tornadoes occurred over Elbert and El Paso Counties in Central Colorado between 5 pm and 7 pm.  The National Weather Service Offices in Boulder and Pueblo coordinated warning efforts for this event.  Several Tornado Warnings were issued for this storm as it tracked, initially south, and finally southeast from southern Elbert County, across far northeastern El Paso County, and back into eastern Elbert County.  

The damage assessment team found evidence of 3 tornado events with this storm, but could not determine how wide or long the tornado tracks were due their occurrence in open fields with little in the way of damage.  

The worst damage was found was just west-northwest of Simla and along the El Paso/Elbert County line to the southeast of Simla.  The survey team found barns and other outbuildings flattened with debris thrown a good distance.  This damage was preliminarly rated EF1 and located in Elbert County.  In El Paso County, the only damage the survery found was tree and sign damage.  One street sign was on a thick metal pole and was flattened completely down to the ground.

The damage assessment team will continue to look at video of the tornadoes to determine the exact number that occurred along with determining a final EF scale ratings.

Chelton Road, 0.2 miles south of US Highway 24, preliminary EF0 damage.

Radar imagery at 5:37 pm when the sign was damaged


Chelton Road, Elbert-El Paso County border, preliminary EF1 damage

Radar imagery at 5:43 pm when the trees where damaged


Damage determined to be wind driven hail, County Road 133 and County Road 50 on the Elbert-El Paso County Line

Radar imagery at 6:16 pm when the house and vehicle were likely damaged

Please check back over the coming days to additional information on this tornado event.