Monday afternoon's tornado hit in an area in Weld County, CO where people are eager to start developing. Weld County was under a tornado warning that was in effect until 6 p.m. The tornado was spotted close to Platteville, about 35 miles north of Denver. The National Weather Service was reporting it moved from north of Frederick to west of Platteville.Experts with the National Weather Service have ruled the land spout that damaged property on Monday was an EF-1 tornado, likely with winds topping around 100 miles per hour. The tornado unfortunately caused damage to nearby properties in the rural portions of southwestern Weld County.
No human lives were taken but at least two animals were killed and reports of damage were coming in, including:
– A home located at Highway 66 and County Road 21 caught fire due to downed power lines.
– Two calves were killed at a farm in Erie.
– Downed power lines led to a closure of Weld County Road 21 between Highway 66 and Weld County Road 32.5.
Copter4 flew near the tornado starting at approximately 5:15 p.m. yesterday near Frederick. It showed the tornado moving north after touching down on the ground and gaining strength. Shortly before 5:30 p.m. the helicopter video showed it was still on the ground. At that point the helicopter had to land due to weather conditions and safety concerns. By 6 p.m. the emergency management office in Weld County said the tornado had dissipated.
They wrote: “Area tornado traveled was between Highway 66 and Weld County Road 42 between WCR 17 and 13.”
“Take cover now if in this area!” The National Weather Service office in Boulder wrote on Twitter. A few minutes later, they tweeted: “Initial indications show that it tracked roughly from north of Frederick to west of Platteville.”
CBS4 Meteorologist Lauren Whitney said there was lightning and hail to go along with the high winds due to the storm that produced the tornado.
A CBS4 crew captured an image of some of the damage at a large dairy farm. At least one roof was heavily damaged on the property.
The tornado was also apparently visible in the skies to the north of Denver International Airport.