Credit: Marla Hicks
A gas station is up and running Sunday, but for a few gut-wrenching moments Saturday, employees of the Phillips 66 in Lamar didn't know if that would be the case.
Employees working Saturday evening found themselves in the middle of some scary weather.
A powerful line of severe storms marched across the eastern plains of Colorado Saturday, producing hail and small rain-wrapped tornadoes, according to Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe. The line extended from Kit Carson down to Lamar, then moved eastward, bringing with it a number of sightings of what Bledsoe referred to as "weak tornadoes."
Crystal Parks, an employee at Phillips 66, said the storm that hit Lamar was brief--"a little rain, wind, then it was calm, she told 11 News--but made itself noticed during the time it was there.
"It took out our gas pumps, canopy...broke one of the windows," Parks said about damage the gas station sustained in the storm. She said she wasn't working Saturday, but that it was frightening for the employees who were there.
Parks said Lamar has had worse storms hit, but it still caused plentiful damage around town, knocking down powerlines and even pulling the roofs off of some homes.
Parks told 11 News the storm was an F-1 tornado, but this has not been confirmed.
Sister station KCNC reports that wind gusts near Brush, Colo, east of Fort Morgan, had wind gusts so strong it blew over an 80-year-old, 60-foot-tall pine tree.
There have been no reports of storm-related injuries.