DENVER (CBS4) – It’s hard to believe but Friday marks seven years since a killer tornado hit the town of Windsor in Northern Colorado.

The EF-3 twister touched down during the late morning hours in a field northeast of Platteville in Weld County and traveled northwest for 39 miles.

It lifted six miles northwest of Wellington in Larimer County and left a damage path that at times was almost a mile wide.

One person was killed and 78 others injured when a large tornado cut a 39-mile path through Northern Colorado on May 22, 2008. (credit: CBS)(credit: CBS)

One person was killed and 78 others injured when a large tornado cut a 39-mile path through Northern Colorado on May 22, 2008. (credit: CBS)(credit: CBS)

The tornado left extensive damage near Missile Silo Park and on the east side of Windsor.

One person was killed and 78 others were injured.

Tractor trailers were flipped along Highway 85 and 15 railroad cars were overturned on nearby tracks.

Train cars were thrown over during a strong tornado that hit Northern Colorado on May 22, 2008.(credit: CBS)

Train cars were thrown over during a strong tornado that hit Northern Colorado on May 22, 2008.(credit: CBS)

Semis were overturned during a strong tornado that hit Northern Colorado on May 22, 2008.(credit: CBS)

Semis were overturned during a strong tornado that hit Northern Colorado on May 22, 2008.(credit: CBS)

Over 200 power poles were snapped or blown down, knocking out power to roughly 60,000 people.

Hail the size of baseballs also accompanied the storm along with a smaller EF-1 tornado near the town of Dacono.

Nearly 1,000 homes were damaged and roughly 300 others either sustained significant damaged or were destroyed.

Hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed when a tornado cut a 39-mile path through Northern Colorado on May 22, 2008. (credit: CBS)

Hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed when a tornado cut a 39-mile path through Northern Colorado on May 22, 2008. (credit: CBS)

The Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association reported about $1 million of damage to transmission lines.

Private insurance claims totaled nearly $150 million, making it one of Colorado’s top 10 natural disasters.

Meteorologist Chris Spears writes about stories related to weather and climate in Colorado. Check out his bio or follow him on Twitter @ChrisCBS4.

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