A tornado injured at least five people and damaged buildings in eastern Colorado on Saturday, according to authorities, and more storms were anticipated in the Plains.
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Residents are fortunate as a tornado of gargantuan proportions swept through the edge of the tiny town of Wray, Colorado on Saturday leaving a path of destruction in its wake. “Had the swirling vortex moved toward the center of town the damage would have been devastating.”
The local Sheriff’s office reported that building were damaged, injuries have been reported, about forty power poles have been blown down, debris has been strewn everywhere, but there have been no reports of fatalities.
According to NBC News, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies would be assessing the damage and coordinating with first responders after the half-mile-wide twister touched down at the north edge of the city of Wray, Colorado.
Several other tornadoes were reported in the area of Wray, a town of 2,300 located about 12 miles from the Nebraska border. The largest tornado followed U.S. 385 north of the town, throwing down power lines and strewing debris across the highway.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a tornado is a violently rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus cloud. Most tornadoes have wind speeds of less than 110 miles per hour but the most extreme tornadoes can attain wind speeds of more than 300 miles per hour, stretch more than two miles across, and stay on the ground for dozens of miles.
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sources: Youtube, NBC News