Tornado briefly touches down in Mesa County

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. ” Meteorologists have reported a rare occurrence in Mesa County: a tornado.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction says a tornado briefly touched down in a rural area near Mount Garfield before dissipating shortly before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Mount Garfield is northeast of Grand Junction.

Meteorologist Jeff Colton says a Weather Service employee was driving in the area and saw it happen. No damage or injuries were reported.

Colton says it’s just the ninth tornado to be documented in Mesa County since 1950.

The Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northern Mesa County and southern Garfield County but canceled it around 3:50 p.m.