Apparent Microburst Rips Roof Off Of Motel In Pueblo

By: KKTV 11 News Email
By: KKTV 11 News Email
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The wind damage wasn't contained only to Colorado Springs on Tuesday. In Pueblo, the ValU Stay Inn and Suites near I-25 and Highway 50 East was hit hard by some severe wind weather.

The strong burst of wind came through around 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to witnesses, ripping off a large portion of the building's roof. The owner tells 11 News that the total damage estimate is still unclear, but he estimates it to be at least $40,000.

No one was injured; however many inside were shocked. One resident describes what happened: "The wind and racket, sounded well, like a train...and I looked out my window and saw nothing but dust. The whole parking lot was brown. Then I heard a big boom, and I guess that was when a piece ripped off the corner...fell right above my apartment," said Matthew Olsen.

Olsen says he saw a funnel following the traumatic experience, but it only lasted about 30 seconds. Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe dug deeper to find out what the burst of weather actually was. He says it was likely just a microburst, however, microbursts, land spouts and dust devils can often appear very similar visually.

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