Jun 17, 2014 11:41 PM by Maddie Garrett

Sudden Micro-burst Rips Through Florissant, Leaves Damage

A sudden micro-burst in Florissant did some major damage, all in a matter of minutes Tuesday afternoon. Witnesses said, if someone had been outside at the time it hit, it could have been deadly.

Ryan Claire saw the whole thing happen from the quarry near Highway 24 and Teller County Road 1.

"All of a sudden I heard a big crash," he said. "And I saw this big swirling thing with debris flying."

His aunt, Dixie Claire, was right where the micro-burst hit. She had just left her mobile home studio to do some work in the garage.

"We heard a loud noise, she said. "And this terrible wind came up out of nowhere."

The micro-burst was so strong, Dixie was struggling to hold her garage door closed. Next door, the high winds tore the roof off of the Outpost Feed Store.

Ginger Bruvold was inside when it happened, "And then the roof came over and landed in the parking lot."

There was no rain or clouds overhead. Ryan described it as, "It looked like a big tornado of air."

Dixie added that she had never seen anything like it in her life.

"This was mammoth winds, I mean it blew over this trailer like nothing," said Dixie.

The whole thing was over in a matter of minutes.

"It came in so quick, so out of nowhere, and went away just as fast," recalled Dixie.

But the damage it did will take much longer to clean up.

"This is a big mess," said Bruvold, looking at her fallen roof.

For Dixie, the mobile home served as an art studio, with many paintings and fossils inside. She wonders if anything is salvageable.

"There's nothing in there that's not broken," she said.

One thing left unscathed, their lives.

"And fortunately everybody was inside, nobody got hurt or killed which was really a miracle," said Bruvold.

Bruvold said if someone had been outside her store, "It wouldn't have been very good."

Everybody, including several dogs, cats and horses nearby, were lucky they weren't hurt.

"We have a broken trailer, we can fix that," said Dixie.

Both owners of the mobile home and the feed store said, they're not sure how long it will take to clean up and repair the damage. Dixie said she plans to get rid of the mobile home altogether. Bruvold said she's working on getting a new roof put on, and is thankful for the community's help in cleaning up the debris.



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