Mom rides out Hugo tornado hiding in bathtub

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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.  Hugo is about 100 miles southwest of Denver.

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Jennie Hoefler said the took cover during the storm by pulling a mattress over her while hiding in the bath tub.

"I called my husband and the kids and told them I loved them, because I didn’t know what was going to happen," Hoefler said Thursday morning.

"It was so loud. So ferocious," she said.

Hoefler said she stayed in the bathtub till the storm passed, which she said "seemed like forever."

Knocked over trees and power lines could be seen around the town on Thursday morning.

So far no injuries have been reported, the sheriff's department said.

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.


  • Anonymous

    I assume now that there was damage out here you all will report the weather to us “Eastern Plains” people today? Sad that the only time we hear about major weather issues is after the storm, but never before.

    • dougsmith42

      Had you had been watching local tv at 10:35 pm last night you would have been interupted by the news of a tornado warning, otherwise you’re S O L.

  • Anonymous

    Why is this news? I remember being taught to do this 20 years ago if you didn’t have a basement.

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