A thunderstorm on display as it lights up the skies north of La Junta following two confirmed tornadoes near Sugar City, about 22 miles north of La Junta, around 8:50 Tuesday evening.

Three tornado warnings were issued in Otero County Tuesday evening, said Meteorologist Makoto Moore with the National Weather Service Pueblo office.


The tornado warnings are no longer in effect for the Otero area, Moore said Tuesday evening.


Thunderstorms and reports of funnel clouds were occurring over much of the eastern plains, and a lot of that activity happened over Crowley and Otero Counties, Moore said Tuesday evening.


The first was issued at 6:53 p.m. A tornado was confirmed near Sugar City, about 22 miles north of La Junta, said Moore. The tornado was moving northeast at 20 miles per hour.


The second warning was issued at 8:05 p.m.


"We had a severe thunderstorm that looked like it was capable of producing a tornado. That storm was located over Cheraw, said Moore.


At 8:40 p.m. a confirmed tornado located near sugar city was reported by a Colorado State Patrol officer.


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