Weather Service Says Tornado May Toppled Trees for 500 Yards in Snowy Range

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The National Weather Service is investigating damage from a possible tornado that occurred over the weekend in the Snowy Range.

According to a Facebook post, NWS received reports and photos of around 500 yards of downed trees in the area near Turpin Reservoir and Bow River Campground. This damage occurred during thunderstorms on Saturday.

“We have sent a team out to the Snowy Range today (June 8th) to survey damage from a possible tornado near Turpin Reservoir and Bow River Campground from Saturday’s storms,” the weather service said.

“Still uncertain if this damage was due to straight line winds or a brief tornado, but that is exactly what the survey team will be assessing today,” the post read.

Wyoming meteorologist Don Day said wind gusts of 80 and even 90 mph caused tree damage in many areas of the state.

“It was a wild weekend of wind,” Day said.  “The wind was awful. There are reports of damage over a wide area.”

“There was extensive tree damage in the Savery, Baggs, Dixon area. Lots of tree damage in Torrington too,” he said.

The possible tornado passed through the area around 3 p.m. Saturday. NWS is encouraging anyone with photos of damage from the area to submit them.

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