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A tornado touched down at approximately 3:30 pm Wednesday in Teller County, about 7 miles northwest of Woodland Park.  It hit a sparsely populated area west of highway 67, and fortunately no one was injured. Approximately 200 acres of forest was flattened by the tornado, which was 2-300 yards wide and had winds estimated between 70 and 100 miles per hour. Numerous large trees were toppled by the twister, as seen in the below photo. The tornado formed as part of a supercell thunderstorm, which strengthened rapidly over northern Teller County and then moved southward through Manitou, which was hit by large amounts of hail, and western Colorado Springs, where funnel clouds were reported.

A tornado began near the intersection of Forest Road 357 and County Road 78.  Extensive tree damage occurred in about a 200 acre area.  Trees were uprooted, and the tornado was rated an EF1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which ranges from EFO to EF5.  Wind speeds may have been between 80 and 100 mph. 

There were no structures affected and no injuries were reported.  Access roads were blocked for several hours while crews removed the trees.  This is not the first tornado to cause damage in Teller County in the recent past. In July 1996, a tornado did similar damage in a forest area north of Divide on and around Red Cedar Mountain Road. That tornado was rated F1 on the Fujita Scale

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