Brief tornado near Sugar City Tuesday evening

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Published Tuesday, May 19, 2020
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by Chris Sorensen

The National Weather Service issued a brief tornado warning for eastern Crowley and far western Kiowa counties Tuesday evening just before 7:00 p.m.

Texas weather chaser Marcus Diaz alerted the NWS when he was nine miles east of Sugar City in Crowley County. The landspout tornado was estimated to be 5-7 miles west of Highway 96 and Crowley County Road 31.

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MAP Tornado Warning in southeast Colorado May 19, 2020 - NWS
Warning issued for a tornado near Sugar City in Crowley County, Colorado, May 19, 2020. Courtesy NWS

The NWS issued the warning at 6:53 p.m. for east central Crowley and far western Kiowa County. The tornado was near Sugar City at the time and was moving northeast at 20 miles per hour.

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MAP Tornado Warning in southeast Colorado May 19, 2020 - NWS
Tornado Warning in southeast Colorado May 19, 2020. Courtesy NWS

The warning was allowed to expire at 7:15 p.m. and was replaced with a severe thunderstorm warning with potential for 60 mph wind gusts and quarter-size hail. That warning expired at 7:45 p.m. as the storm weakened.

No damage reports from the tornado have been received.

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