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The Latest: 3 tornadoes touched down during Colorado storm

July 31, 2018

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in Colorado (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

Meteorologists say at least three tornadoes touched down during a storm that ripped off roofs, flipped trucks and damaged crops on the plains of northeastern Colorado over the weekend.

The National Weather Service surveyed the worst of the damage in Morgan and Washington counties after the storm moved through Sunday. No serious injuries were reported.

The storm brought winds topping 70 mph (112 kph) and hail up to the size of baseballs, causing extensive damage in the towns of Brush and Snyder.

Morgan County Sheriff Jim Crone says it left a path of damage about 20 miles (32 kilometers) long and up to 10 miles (16 kilometers) wide in the eastern half of the county, where corn crops and large sprinkler systems were harmed. The storm also flipped small planes at the Brush airport and knocked over trucks on Interstate 76.

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1:25 p.m.

People on the plains of northeastern Colorado are cleaning up from a powerful storm that swept through the state.

Sunday’s storm ripped off roofs, flipped trucks and damaged crops but no serious injuries have been reported.

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service are surveying what is believed to be the worst of the damage in Morgan and Washington counties to determine whether any of it was caused by tornados, which were reported by several spotters.

Winds over 70 mph and hail up to the size of baseball balls were also reported.

Morgan County Sheriff Jim Crone says the storm left a path of damage about 20 miles long and up to 10 miles wide in the eastern half of the county, where corn crops and large sprinkler systems were harmed. Homes were damaged but he’s not aware of anyone who lost a home.

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8:55 a.m.

Trees and power lines are knocked over and small planes are flipped upside down after a severe storm, which including tornado sightings and hail, moved across the plains of northeastern Colorado.

A team from the National Weather Service is in Morgan and Washington counties Monday to examine the damage caused by Sunday’s storms.

Meteorologist David Barjenbruch (BAR’-gen-brook) says the agency is pretty confident there were tornadoes but the weather service team needs to assess which damage may have been caused by tornadoes and which may have been caused by strong winds.

Besides damage to the planes at the Brush airport, Barjenbruch says there were also reports of trucks knocked over on Interstate 76 and damage to feedlot livestock outside Brush.

The storm originated in southeastern Wyoming and survived into northwest Texas.

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