High Winds Topple Trucks, and Leave Thousands Without Power in Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO – Hurricane-force wind gusts on Monday overturned high-profile vehicles, toppled trees onto homes, ripped off roofs, and left thousands without power.
Several tractor-trailers were overturned on Interstate 25 in the high wind gusts, which reached 101-mph at the Cheyenne Mountain Air Station. The National Weather Service in Pueblo also clocked gusts at 89-mph in Colorado City, 81-mph in Colorado Springs and at the US Air Force Academy.
The El Paso County courthouse closed and was evacuated about 10:15 a.m. and all court dates were canceled because of extensive roof damage that sent debris flying into a nearby intersection. The building is expected to be closed on Tuesday as well.
Fort Carson issued a “shelter in place” order due to the high winds. They asked people not to go outside unless it’s an emergency. “Avoid areas with numerous windows. Stay away from power lines, trees and signage as well as high profile areas. Do not drive if you have a high profile vehicle. If you or someone near you is injured immediately call 911,” the order read.
The Emergency Operations Center is activated and monitoring damage from the high winds today. pic.twitter.com/77nURUT6al
— City of Colo Springs (@springsgov) January 9, 2017
The winds have also been strong in the Denver area on Monday, causing widespread flight delays at Denver International Airport.
Due to high winds some delays are likely this morning. Please check your flight status #cowx
— Denver Int’l Airport (@DENAirport) January 9, 2017
Penrose Hospital says it has seen a number of patients in its emergency department seeking treatment for wind-related falls.