Storm damage assessed in eastern Colorado

DENVER — The National Weather Service has sent a team to Lincoln County to assess damage from a powerful storm that moved through eastern Colorado late Wednesday, downing power lines, trees and destroying a barn in the Lincoln County town of Hugo.

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 power lines, although power is flowing 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.


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