High Winds Cause Damage Across Colorado

By: Alyssa Chin/KCNC/AP Email
By: Alyssa Chin/KCNC/AP Email
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High winds whipped through the entire state for a second day, causing some pretty heavy damage.

Utilities crews were busy not only here in Southern Colorado, but also in the northern part of our state as well. The heavy winds caused major damage to several homes, and even caused a deadly crash.

Sixty mph gusts were reported on the planes, while hurricane force winds struck the mountains, with a 114 mph blast recorded at one point.

The National Weather Service said Saturday the strongest winds were recorded overnight in Summit County.

A tree trunk is all that remains of a tall pine that once stood in a neighborhood near Williamette and Hancock. It was cut into pieces after falling into power lines, and nearly onto the roof of a home.
Mary Runkle Cochrane lives just a few homes down.

Their block had been without power since noon.

"My neighbor said that she saw the wires, actually saw the wires through the window, they heard popping and cracking," Runkle Cochrane said.

The State Patrol says at least three semis were toppled by the wind southeast and northeast of Denver.

High-profile vehicles were barred from a 180-mile stretch of Interstate 76 between Denver and the northeast corner of the state.

In Golden, one homeowner said winds gusted at around 90-100 miles an hour, blowing over his RV and tearing apart his car port.

"We're very lucky no one was standing outside and got struck by this flying debris," John Ellison said.

The heavy winds were creating low visibility and ground blizzards in the Fraiser Valley. A 61-year-old man from Longmont died when debris crashed through his windshield and hit him.

Steve Chase walked out of his home to see a large tree had toppled onto his neighbor’s roof. The tree, which once stood 60 feet, had crushed his neighbor’s front deck.

"I thought it was just another huge gust of wind that blew some trash around... and then I heard screaming and yelling," Chase said.

At one point, the wind knocked down power lines and power poles leaving more than 600 people in the Springs without power. Added to that, more than 4,000 Mountain View Electric customers were also left without power earlier in the day as well.

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