Witnesses report rotation in winds that slammed Granby Thursday
July 1, 2011
Witnesses around Grand County are reporting tornado-like behavior during the intense storm that pounded Granby on Thursday afternoon, though the Sky-Hi News has not yet received official confirmation of whether the winds were from a microburst accompanying the thunderstorm or were due to something else.
Reports include witnesses who said they noticed distinct rotational movement in the black clouds that preceded the storm, including some who say they saw water spouts on Lake Granby.
Damage around the Granby area is extensive. Pieces of the Middle Park High School roof were scattered around the building. The entire roof of the Grand Elk sales office came off and landed in the street, and two power poles along Village Way were sheared off a couple feet above the ground, interrupting power to the Innsbruck area for more than three hours.
Toppled trees were leaning against numerous homes in Innsbruck, and downed trees litter the nearby slopes and ridgetops. One witness reported furniture being sucked out of a house.
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