Thunderstorms Eyeing Central High Plains Late Today
UPDATED 5 PM MDT, July 27, 2013
By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, John Bateman
The last weekend in July could be a bit rough across the Central Plains as severe storms are erupting across eastern Colorado and western Kansas.
The tail end of a cold front, attached to a developing low pressure across southeastern Colorado, will be the instrumental factor for triggering severe weather development across the central High Plains. Strong to severe thunderstorms are starting to build along the front, and will continue to expand through the evening hours.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in place for eastern Colorado and southwestern Kansas, including Denver, Colorado Springs and La Junta, Colo., and Garden City, Dodge City and Elkhart, Kan.
Not only will the thunderstorms pack golf ball sized hail but destructive wind gusts up to 70 mph will also be possible. As if that weren`t enough, the storms will also trigger frequent lightning and very heavy rain in a short time. If you approach a flooded roadway, it is best to, "Turn Around, Don`t Drown!"
Severe weather has been a common occurrence in the Central Plains. On July 25, a few unconfirmed tornadoes, one possibly on the ground for more than 20 minutes, were spotted near Walsh and Two Buttes, Colo. A thunderstorm wind gust also knocked numerous power poles and lines down by Syracuse, Kan., as well as blew the roofs off two hay buildings.
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