La Junta was placed under a tornado warning at approximately 6:10 p.m. after the National Weather Service received reports of a tornado touching down near Arlington, Colo., in Kiowa County, said NWS Pueblo Meteorologist Pamela Evenson. A flash flood warning went into effect in western Kiowa County, northwest Bent County, and a small portion of northeast Otero County.
"The storm now is in northwest Bent County. It's not moving toward La Junta ... That storm still has rotation in it and most of it is in northwest Bent County right now," said Evenson.
So far the NWS hasn't received any reports of tornadoes touching down in Bent County.
"There were maybe a couple of touch downs near Arlington."
Evenson said it's hard to know for sure how long the warning will stay in effect, but she estimated that it would last about 45 minutes unless the storm continues to rotate.
"... It's hard to say if that will happen or not," said Evenson.
Severe wind gusts of up to 70 mph are possible in addition to heavy rain that could cause some roadways to flood.
"Creeks and streams will probably be running high and fast as well just because of the amount of rain that's falling," said Evenson.