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Southern Colorado storm triggers mudslide, spawns tornado; no injuries or damage

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — A slow-moving rainstorm that swept through southern Colorado triggered a mudslide near Colorado Springs and spawned a tornado near Pueblo, but no injuries or damage was reported.

The Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/Waw5rJ ) the mudslide blocked lanes on U.S. Highway 24 northwest of Colorado Springs for about 40 minutes Saturday afternoon. The storm also caused minor flooding along U.S. Highway 50 west of Canon City.

PHOTO: A car goes through a flooded portion of Hanover Road in Hanover, Colo. Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)
A car goes through a flooded portion of Hanover Road in Hanover, Colo. Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)

Steve Hodanish of the National Weather Service in Pueblo says a tornado was spotted near Hanover and touched ground for at least five minutes.

The slow speed of the storms, not necessarily the intensity, caused problems. Some storms were moving as slow as 10 mph or were even stationary, which meant large amounts of rain dropped on the same area and increased the chance of flooding.


Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

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