Rural tornado was a big one for Wyoming
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A tornado that tore across the prairie was about as big as they get in Wyoming.
The National Weather Service estimates the twister’s winds reached 150 mph (241 kilometers per hour) and its path was 600 yards (548 meters) wide.
The tornado Wednesday evening kept to sparsely populated areas north of Laramie, and nobody was hurt. Only a handful of homes were damaged, though an attached garage at one home was destroyed.
The weather service says the tornado snapped numerous wooden power poles and completely bent over several steel utility poles.
Other recent tornadoes in Wyoming have damaged homes near Gillette and Cheyenne.
Weather Service officials say tornadoes aren’t unusual in Wyoming this time of year but typically occur in remote areas and cause little damage.