Tornado Outbreak Rips Though Plains, Midwest; 2 Injured

Ada Carr and Pam Wright
Published: June 13, 2017

Two people were injured Monday as a tornado outbreak hammered the Plains and Midwest.

According to the National Weather Service, more than 30 tornadoes were reported in northeastern Colorado, southwestern Nebraska and Wyoming, with reports of damage caused by hail and strong winds.

A reported tornado in Goshen County, Wyoming, caused damage to a home and injured one person. Another person was injured when a reported tornado damaged two homes, turned over tractors and damaged a shed in Sioux County, Nebraska.

(FORECAST: Severe Threat in Plains, Midwest)

A suspected tornado ripped the roof off a nursing home and damaged several homes in the Bayard, Nebraska, area, the Associated Press reported. 

On Tuesday, utility crews attempted to restore power to an estimated 80 percent of Bayard, a town of 1,200.

Mayor Michelle Coolidge said residents were banding together in the wake of the storm for the cleanup, reports the AP.

"People are trying to make quick, light work of it," she said.

Trees and power lines were brought down across the town by the storm, Coolidge said. 

Five tornadoes were reported in Laramie County, Wyoming, including one near Carpenter that damaged four or five homes, downed power lines and damaged a gas line. There were no reports of injuries. One tornado was spotted near Cheyenne, Wyoming.

At least one car had its windshield, back window and sunroof smashed after hail as large as softballs fell in Wheatland, Wyoming. Car windows were also smashed in Cheyenne.

Strong winds in Grand Junction, Colorado, blew a barn into a neighbor's yard, KKCO 11 News reported.

The NWS will have to survey the damage to determine how many tornadoes were in progress Monday night.


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