LARAMIE, Wyo. – A tornado that tore across the prairie was about as big as they are in Wyoming.
The National Weather Service’s estimates of the twister’s winds of 150 mph (241 kilometers per hour), and the path was 600 yards (548 metres) wide.
The tornado Wednesday night to sparsely populated areas north of Laramie, and nobody was hurt. Only a handful of houses were damaged, although an attached garage on a house was destroyed.
The meteorological service says the tornado struck plenty of wooden power poles, and fully bent on several steel utility poles.
Other recent tornadoes in Wyoming damaged houses in the vicinity of Gillette and Cheyenne.
Weather Service officials say tornadoes are not uncommon in Wyoming this time of year, but usually in remote areas and cause little damage.