7 tornadoes touch down in Colorado Sunday

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Tornado near Lake George (Photo: Denise Kelly)

Tornado near Lake George (Photo: Denise Kelly)

FAIRPLAY, Colo. — A tornado was spotted in the mountain town of Fairplay Sunday morning.

The twister hit about two miles south of the town around 11 a.m.

At this time, Park County Communications received several reports of a tornado on the ground moving northeast in the area of Black Mountain.

The twister lasted about five minutes. There have been reports of injuries or damage, according to Park County officials.

There was no tornado warnings or advisories for that area at the time.

Viewers also sent us photos of funnel clouds near Lake George to the south and east of Fairplay.

Shortly before 12:30 p.m. Sunday, another tornado was reported just north of the Eleven Mile State Park, heading northeast toward Lake George.

Park County Communications said a reverse 911 call was sent out to residents within 30 miles of the reported location. The tornado was reportedly moving at 10 to 15 miles per hour.

During this same time frame, a funnel cloud formation was reported in the Fairplay area, but this second Fairplay tornado did not touch down.

Sheriff Wegener said a third reported tornado touched down in Lake George at about 12:39 p.m. The tornado hit the Lake George Cabins and RV Park, damaging six trailer homes.

The Storm Prediction Center reported that a total of seven tornadoes touched down in Colorado Sunday: two in Park County, three in Weld County, one in Arapahoe County and one in Douglas County.

Tornadoes in Colorado’s high country are extremely rare.  The National Weather Service says 95 percent of Colorado tornadoes occur along and east of interstate 25 where heat and moisture in the lower atmosphere are often more abundant.

Fairplay is about two hours from Denver in Park County.