KUSA - The National Weather Service says a large multi-vortex tornado was among six reports of tornadoes spotted on the eastern plains of Colorado late Wednesday night.
Trees were uprooted, power lines were knocked down, a barn that housed a vintage car was leveled and two people were injured, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department..
Richard and Jennie Hoefler's barn, which held a 1962 Chevy Bel Air Bubbletop, was destroyed. It's the same car the couple took to their prom.
The Hoeflers live in Hugo, a town of about 730 people according to a 2010 census report, and is located about 100 miles southeast of Denver
Jennie Hoefler hid under a mattress she put over her bathtub when the tornado sirens went off.
"I was talking to my daughter on the phone. She couldn't hear me. I couldn't hear her. Then the phone went dead, and the electricity went out," Hoefler said.
Hoefler has lived in the house since 1982, and she's never seen a storm like this. Fortunately, her home was not damaged.
Captain Clint Tweden of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department reported two people had minor injuries after a semi-truck overturned just east of Hugo.
Captain Tweden also said several trees and power lines went down in the storm, which temporarily knocked out power to most of the town.
Wind gusts of up to 111 mph were reported near Hugo while heavy rain and hail up to two inches in diameter fell in the area.
The National Weather Service says spotters reported six tornadoes Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
- 4:01 p.m. - tornado with a brief touchdown one mile east of Bennett reported by a spotter in Adams County
- 8:15 p.m. - tornado 12 miles southeast of Last Chance reported by a spotter.
- 10:25 p.m. - a large multi-vortex tornado, a tornado cloud with more than one funnel touching the ground, two miles east of Limon. Also reported large golf ball sized hail five miles east of Limon.
- 10:40 p.m. - tornado reported in Hugo by a spotter. Reports of uprooted trees, power poles down which has led to several fires and power outages in Hugo.
- 10:50 a.m. - tornado ten miles south of Arriba reported by a weather spotter.
- 12:31 a.m. - a tornado four miles south of Cheyenne Wells and a quarter mile east of Highway 385 was relayed to the NWS by a Cheyenne County dispatcher.
It has not been determined if all six reports were of different tornadoes or if some of them were the same tornado.
Tornado warnings were in effect for parts of Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties until midnight, while the warning was canceled for neighboring Lincoln County.
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