Update: Power was restored at 8:55 p.m. Saturday.
Crews from Southeast Colorado Power Association, and its broadband internet subsidiary, SECOM, continue efforts to restore service to central Kiowa County nearly 24 hours after a violent storm with winds estimated at 70 miles per hour swept through the area.
More severe weather is expected a day after storms across eastern Colorado brought heavy rain, hail, tornado warnings and damaging 70 mile per hour winds to the region.
The National Weather Service is predicting thunderstorms producing up to two-inch hail and wind gusts up to 70 mph for parts of the region Saturday afternoon.
While the risk for tornadoes is low, the Pueblo NWS office calls out Kiowa and Prowers counties in southeast Colorado as being at risk for isolated tornadoes.
Note: Power has been out for more than 24 hours in parts of the county. Check these food safety tips.
A fast-moving storm downed limbs and at least one tree in Eads Friday evening.
Earlier in the day, the National Weather Service had predicted a series of storms would impact northeast and east central Colorado with wind gusts up to 80 miles per hours and hail up to the size of baseballs. Tornado activity was also predicted.
Two weeks after all of Otero County, and portions of neighboring counties, moved in to exceptional drought conditions, a series of storms moved part of the impacted area back into extreme drought.
While all of Otero moved into exceptional conditions two weeks ago, the worst drought category receded from the southern two-thirds of the county this week, along with all be the northwest corner of Bent County, the southeast corner of Pueblo County, and parts of northern Las Animas County.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey producers in 32 states, including Arizona, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming, for its County Agricultural Production Survey (CAPS).
The survey will collect information on total acres planted and harvested, and total yield and production of small grains crops down to the county level. CAPS will provide the data needed to estimate acreage and production of selected crops in the United States.
Strong storms are expected to impact northeast and east central Colorado Friday afternoon, bringing wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour, baseball size hail, and some risk for tornadoes.
Update: The workshop is scheduled for August 9. A previous version of this article specified a different date.
The United States Department of Agriculture and Colorado State University Extension Range School will be presenting a workshop to area producers entitled Ranching in Drought.
The Kiowa County Sheriff's Office is seeking information after a possible bullet hole was discovered in an Eads home.
Deputies were called to the 1300 block of Luther Street Friday when the hole was discovered. A suspect has not been identified, and the Sheriff's Office has not released further details. The investigation is continuing.
Anyone with information about the case can contact the Sheriff's Office at 719-438-5411.