Tornadoes cause damage on Eastern Plains overnight

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HUGO, Colo. -- The National Weather Service said six tornadoes hit the Eastern Plains late Wednesday night, including one in the Lincoln County town of Hugo that produced a wind gust of 111 mph, causing downed trees and power lines as well as power outages.

Residents were waking up Thursday morning to assess the damage, including a barn that housed a vintage vehicle that was destroyed at Second Avenue and Eighth Street.

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The National Weather Service reported a wind gust of 111 mph and said the 911 call center reported a tornado in the town.

“Reports of uprooted trees. Power poles down, which has led to several fires and power out in Hugo. Some injuries but unknown severity. Fences blown over,” the Weather Service report said at 10:40 p.m.

At 10:25 p.m. Wednesday, a tornado was reported by a storm chaser 2 miles east of Limon. “Large, multi-vortex tornado just east of Limon. Also reported golf ball-sized hail five miles east of Limon,” the Weather Service report said.

Severe weather in metro Denver and eastern Colorado is possible Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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