The Latest on Colorado tornadoes: Tornado watch expires

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Posted: Jun 05, 2015 9:45 PM
The Latest on Colorado tornadoes: Tornado watch expires

7:40 p.m. (MDT)

A tornado watch that was issued for much of eastern Colorado has expired, but forecasters are warning of the possibility of flooding overnight and into the weekend.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kyle Fredin says cooler weather has knocked down a lot of the storms that brought heavy rain and spawned at least one tornado earlier Friday.

"I don't think this evening we will see any tornadic storms," he said. "I think the heaviest has moved on."

A tornado was on the ground for about seven minutes near the tiny northeastern Colorado town of Anton on Friday evening. No injuries or damage were reported.

Fredin warned that storms are still moving through the state over areas that are already rain-soaked, so "we're not out of the woods yet."

He says eastern Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska are still in the grips of an unstable weather pattern and will likely see more storms over the weekend.

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1:30 p.m. (MDT)

The threat of tornadoes has returned to Colorado.

Much of the eastern half of the state, including the Denver area, is under a tornado watch.

The Denver airport is under that advisory, but it hasn't resulted in any reported delays.

The National Weather Service says a large tornado touched down in Elbert County, east of Denver.

The twister later lifted, and no damage was reported.

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12:15 p.m. (MDT)

A police SUV swallowed by a big sinkhole that opened up on a street south of Denver has been removed.

Sgt. Greg Miller of the Sheridan Police Department fell into the hole while he was on patrol just after 2 a.m. Friday.

He managed to crawl out onto the SUV's roof and out of the hole. He wasn't seriously hurt.

Miller says he's glad the hole caught him instead of another driver.

Sheridan Police Chief Mark Campbell says the sink hole was caused by a stormwater pipe that broke under the road.

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10:22 a.m. (MDT)

Alvin Allmendinger said he and his relatives saw a tornado quickly approaching and scrambled into the basement of his son-in-law's house just as its roof and one side of the residence got ripped off.

Marble-sized hail rolled down the stairs Thursday night and rain seeped in through the floorboards as they rode out the storm for about an hour.

Once the danger of tornadoes passed outside Berthoud, which is about 40 miles north of Denver, firefighters arrived to evacuate his father-in-law, who relies on oxygen tanks to breathe.

"We're all alive, and that's what matters," he said.

Still, Allmendinger couldn't help but think about how his father-in-law would feel about the damage to the flower garden that he has been tending for 40 years. Fortunately, "they'll all come back," he said.

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9:10 a.m. (MDT)

The northern Colorado road leading to an area where two tornadoes touched down Thursday night was closed as crews check on downed power lines in the area.

Luke Koldewyn (COLD'-win) of Johnstown, who was waiting to get past a checkpoint, said his parents' modular home was destroyed in the twisters. He said his parents weren't home at the time but he waded in chest-deep water to check on their home, through a field that normally only has a small stream running through it.

He found only the house's deck was left standing and one of his parents' dogs, Luna, trapped in the rubble. "She didn't want to be free. She was scared to move," he said. Another black Lab named Juliet is missing.

He said residents are amazed that tornadoes touched down so close to the foothills, visible in the distance from the area of modest homes set on two- and three-acre plots.

"People who have lived here 50 years had never seen weather like that before," he said.