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Drought Intensifies for Western Colorado, Slight Improvement for Southeast

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Despite a series of storms over the previous weekin eastern Colorado, only slight improvements in drought conditions were noted, mainly in Prowers and Baca counties, while drought intensified in western Colorado.

Central and western Prowers County saw extreme drought withdraw to just portions of the northwest and southwest corners, while severe drought retreated to the center of the county.

Gardner, Bennet Backed Amendment to Maintain Southwest Chief Train Services Passes Senate

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An amendment cosponsored by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) to maintain Amtrak train services along the established, long-distance passenger rail route of the Southwest Chief, #3665, was included in the 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations bill.

About Town

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Revelation 3:20 "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in." Warner Sallman painted a lovely picture of Jesus knocking at a door. There was no door handle. It has been said that this is an example that Jesus doesn't push his way into your heart. One needs to open the door of his or her own heart to Him. One has a choice.

Storms Returning to the Eastern Plains Sunday, Flood Watch for Southeast Counties

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Another day of severe weather is in store for the eastern plains of Colorado, with a flash flood watch already announced for southeastern counties.

Scattered severe thunderstorms are expected later in the day from Interstate 25 to the Colorado-Kansas border. Among the threats for northeast counties are tennis ball-size hail, wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour, and some potential for tornadoes.

More Severe Weather, Tornadoes on Tap for Saturday Afternoon

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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.

Photos - July 27, 2018 Storm Damage in Eads, Kiowa County

PICT July 27, 2018, Storm Damage in Eads - Chris Sorensen

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.