By Chris Spears

PLATTEVILLE, Colo. (CBS4) – Residents from Denver to Greeley got a wild, almost once-in-a-lifetime show from Mother Nature late Monday when an afternoon thunderstorm produced a large, slow-moving landspout tornado in southwestern Weld County. The twister roared across fields and farmland between Firestone and Platteville.

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The storm narrowly missed several new neighborhoods in the booming population of the Front Range east of Interstate 25. It also gave a close call to a power plant that serves the area.

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Joe Filbert is an employee at the Fort St. Vrain Generating Station just outside of Platteville. He and his co-workers watched in horror while filming the twister as it tore through a farm roughly a quarter of a mile away.

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As the massive column of swirling wind was approaching from the south it passed by a house, pulling down power lines and tossing a shed through the air. The contents of that shed were thrown across several fields.

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Filbert can be heard in the video saying, “I’ve got a feeling that is going to go right over us here.”

He and a co-worker were quickly trying to decide what they could do for both their safety and the good of the plant as they faced the unthinkable.

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Luckily the twister made a slight turn to the right just before reaching the power station and missed it. The tornado gave Filbert and his co-workers a story and a visual that they will probably never forget.

Chris Spears