By Chris Spears
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (CBS4)– The National Weather Service in Cheyenne says that Monday’s outbreak of severe thunderstorms was one of the most significant to hit their area since at least the 1980s.
Meteorologists received several reports of tornadoes, very large hail and damaging winds during the late afternoon and early evening hours of June 12.
One of largest tornadoes touched down north of Torrington at 5:09 p.m. It stayed on the ground for nearly an hour and traveled 25 miles, lifting near the town of Harrison, Nebraska.
The twister was given a damage rating of EF-2 after it destroyed a ranch, vaulted several 3/4-ton pickup trucks and rolled some horse trailers. One person and several horses were injured and three horses were killed.
Another tornado touched down in extreme northern Weld County in Colorado and traveled four miles into the town of Carpenter, Wyoming. That storm damaged at least three homes.