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Severe Thunderstorm Watch Friday Afternoon, Tornadoes Possible

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Chris Sorensen

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for eastern Colorado counties, which will remain in effect until 8:00 p.m. Friday.

Wind gusts could reach 75 miles per hour, with potential for hail up to 2.5 inches in diameter, in areas where storms form. Tornadoes are also possible. 

Shortly after noon Friday, radar showed a line of storms across central and northeast Colorado, which are expected to move toward the southeast as the day progresses.

Colorado counties covered by the watch include

  • Baca
  • Bent
  • Cheyenne
  • Crowley
  • Kiowa
  • Kit Carson
  • Las Animas
  • Lincoln
  • Otero
  • Prowers 
  • Pueblo
  • Washington
  • Yuma

A severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favorable for severe storms.