Rare tornado sighting in Fairplay

FAIRPLAY - Colorado is no stranger to tornadoes, but in some parts of the state, they are rare. For some of the people who have lived in Fairplay for decades, it is something they have never seen before—a tornado passing through town.

Dozens of people tweeted and emailed photographs of the tornado to 9NEWS. One person, though, got an up close look at it.

What started out as a quiet Sunday for Kacey Buttrick took quite a different turn just after 11 a.m.

"I hear a loud sound and I looked out the window, and I saw a horse water tank and all the dust and debris flying towards me and I was like, 'oh oh.' Instinct told me, 'go hide in the bathroom,' so I went in the shower," she said.

Buttrick said it lasted all of 30 seconds. When she came outside, she saw a broken window and debris scattered around.

"I never imagined a tornado to come through here. It was loud. I remember just the racketing, the house was shaking. I heard the windows cracking," Buttrick said. "I was scared. It was pretty scary. The adrenaline was pumping."

She watched as the tornado moved off, away from her home. Several miles away, Jacob Benson and his family watched in awe, as they saw the tornado moving near town.

"We saw a big funnel cloud and then all of a sudden the dust coming up from the ground and we were like, 'Oh my gosh a tornado coming!'" Benson said.

Back at the Buttrick's house, Kacey's parents raced back home and were met with relief when they saw her.

"I was certainly glad that she was still fine," said her father, Chip Buttrick.

There was a report that the tornado had torn off the roof of a structure. So far, there have been no reports of any injuries.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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