May 24, 2010 10:00 PM by Greg Boyce; Andy Koen
The gusty winds Monday morning damaged several hangars at Peterson Air Force Base.
Several facilities, including a hangar and air field operations buildings on Hamilton Avenue on the base have been damaged by severe winds. Hamilton Ave. parallels the flight line at Peterson. Hangar number 133, and buildings 502, 595, 650, 602, 625 and 626 have been evacuated.Those evacuated went to the base fitness center.
No injuries are reported. For those who have families on base, call the Straight Talk Line at 556-9154 to check their status.
In Eastern El Paso County, roof shingles were blown off of several homes and barn. Some of the worst damage was found in rural neighborhoods east of Falcon.
A strong gust lifted the roof off of Susan Mandell's barn and flung into her garage breaking a window.
Mandell said she was disappointed because she had recently painted the barn, but was relieved that no one was injured.
"The pets are safe, the house is fine everybody's fine, nobody got hurt and that's really all that counts," Mandell said.
A high wind warning is in effect in El Paso County until 6:00 p.m.