Monster Tornado Kills at least one in Northern Colorado

By | May 23, 2008

A large tornado tore through several northern Colorado towns on Thursday, killing at least one person and flipping over tractor-trailers, toppling freight rail cars and ripping roofs off buildings.

A second tornado touched down in the area near Johnstown, 8 miles southwest of Greeley, the National Weather Service reported. There were no immediate reports of injuries. All of northeastern Colorado was under a tornado watch through Thursday evening, the National Weather Service said.

The National Weather Service said the storm touched down just after noon and tracked north-northwestward through or near the towns of Platteville, Gilcrest, Milliken, Greeley and Windsor. Windsor, a farm town of about 16,000, appeared the hardest hit, with at least one residential neighborhood heavily damaged.

Video footage showed a dark gray funnel perhaps a quarter-mile wide near Windsor with heavy hail and rain.

Tymkowych of the Greeley police said he was about a half-mile away from the tornado as it swept through the western edge of Evans and Greeley, an area that is mostly corn fields.

“It was a tornado that just sat on the ground,” Tymkowych said. “The amount of swirling debris and dust was just amazing, about a block, a block and a half wide. You could see debris just rotating, light poles, trees, you could see items being cast out from the sides, the edges of the tornado.”

“It passed right over us like a big, white monster,” said Thomas Coupe, 87, of Windsor. – cbs

Video of someone who had a close encounter here. I predict more tornadoes … big ones.

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