High Altitude Tornado Touches Down and Destroys Houses at 8,000-Feet in Colorado

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Twister touches down in Colorado. Credit: Dena Smith Woods | Twitter

A high-altitude tornado with 70 mph winds touched down on Monday, July 22, 2019, causing damage to several parts of Custer County, CO at almost 8,000-feet, reports OutThereColorado.

Preliminary results from tornado near DeWeese Reservoir, north of Westcliffe. EF0, no injuries, estimated 70 MPH max wind, 1/2 mile long path up to 25 yards wide. Minor structure damage.

The National Weather Service received reports of a narrow funnel reaching from storm clouds above down to the ground in Silver Cliff, CO causing damage to a nearby lake, power lines, homes, trailers, and possibly a propane leak.


According to a recent report from KKTV, at least 2 homes were destroyed after the twister tore through the area. No injuries were reported.

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