By Chris Spears

BURLINGTON, Colo. (CBS4) – Powerful weather rolled through parts of east-central Colorado and northwest Kansas just after sunset on Wednesday. The National Weather Service in Goodland said the event started as a microburst near the Burlington airport around 8:12 p.m. MDT.

Intense straight line winds from the microburst then pushed across the town leaving a path of damage that was up to 600 yards wide and 4.2 miles long. Meteorologists said the most severe damage was consistent with wind speeds between 100-115 mph.

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(credit: NWS Goodland)

Near the Burlington airport, a large evergreen tree was snapped near the base and thrown about 20 feet. Four power poles were snapped near the Kit Carson Correctional Facility and a nearby out building was destroyed.

(credit: NWS Goodland)

(credit: NWS Goodland)

North of Interstate 70 there were several reports of uprooted trees, damage to doors and roofs, as well as the flipping of various containers.

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(credit: NWS Goodland)

A weather station 4 miles south of Burlington reported a wind gust of 50 mph at 8:12 pm, right before it stopped reporting data.

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Chris Spears