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Nov 13, 2011 10:20 PM by Nicole Vandeputte

Winds cause major damage across Southern Colorado

The small town of Stonewall in Las Animas County looks like it was hit by a tornado. Video of this damage was sent to us by Trinidad and Las Animas County News.

At the Legends RV Park, two campers were tossed in reported 112 mile per hour winds. There are reports that people were inside. Luckily, they're ok.

Not far away at the Picketwire resort, a building was pushed off it's foundation and the roof was torn off. Stonewall is about 30 miles west of Trinidad, and there was an incredible amount of damage. Trees were uprooted and roofs were torn off homes.

Those violent winds tore through the mountains, and along the front range as most people tried to sleep.
In Custer County, west of Westcliffe, the Sheriff says winds topped a hundred miles per hour. Trees were torn down there, roofs were damaged. There was also damage to an aircraft and fire truck. The Sheriff says about 75 power poles were knocked down across the county.

In Cuchara, viewers also report winds of 112 miles per hour. That was enough to tear the roof off a home, and litter the road with trees.

The mountains couldn't hold the winds. In Canon City, it was a long sleepless night only to awake to scenes of downed trees and power poles.

In Widefield, a trampoline landed in a neighbor's yard. On Fort Carson, winds were strong enough to toss a storage shed.
In all the damage, a stroke of luck. So far, no reports of bad injuries.

There are still a lot of homes without power tonight. In Custer County, the Sheriff says some customers of Sangre de Cristo Electric may not get their power back for a couple of days. He suggests that if you don't have power tonight, you might start making some plans.

San Isabel Electric says areas of Las Animas County, including Stonewall and Cuchara, might not get their power back until tomorrow. Black Hills Energy says power to all of their customers has been restored.

 

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