NWS issues tornado warnings in eastern Colorado

DENVER — A powerful storm that moved through eastern Colorado downed powerlines, trees and destroyed a barn in the Lincoln County town of Hugo, authorities said.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Capt. Clint Tweden said it isn’t clear if it was a tornado that caused the damage late Wednesday night.

The strong winds “pretty much leveled” a barn, tore up numerous trees and branches and knocked down powerlines, although power is working to most homes, Tweden told The Associated Press.

He said a semi truck overturned in a likely weather-related accident and left two people with minor injuries.

Meanwhile, hail broke some windows in the town of Genoa.

The National Weather Service had issued tornado warnings for parts of Lincoln, Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties. Most warnings had expired earlier, but it remained in effect for parts of Cheyenne until 1:15 a.m. Thursday.

The forecasters reported that a tornado had been spotted at 10:30 p.m. near Limon and 20 minutes later near Arriba.

A tornado watch was in effect for Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties until 4 a.m., while a flash flood warning was in effect in the two counties until 3 a.m.


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