Damage assessments underway after tornadoes blow through Morgan, Yuma counties

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WRAY, Colo. -- Authorities were working Sunday to assess how much damage was done during a tornado that touched down Saturday afternoon on the eastern Plains.

There were at least two tornadoes reported, one in Morgan County near Wiggins around 3 p.m. and one in Yuma County near Wray around 6 p.m.

According to the Yuma County Sheriff's Office, the tornado caused some damage near Highway 385. The tornado followed a path about half a mile wide and six miles long along Highway 385, beginning from County Road 37 to County Road 42, where it began curving to the northeast.

Five people were checked out for minor injuries, but none was hospitalized.

Some power lines were down Saturday night, YW Electric said. Power would be restored quickly, with the exception of several homes that received the most significant damage, according to the sheriff's office.

Yuma County first responders were still assessing damage and did not have a total on buildings or other damage as of midday Sunday. Deputies with the sheriff's office conducted overnight security for the business and residences that were destroyed.

The latest information will be posted on the Yuma County Sheriff's Office's Facebook Page.

A couple of campers and fifth-wheel trailers flipped over at Empire Reservoir south of Highway 34 on the Morgan/Weld County border, according to Steve Enfante with the Morgan County Office of Emergency Management.

Two occupants in those vehicles reported very minor injuries but refused to be taken to a hospital, Enfante said. Morgan County authorities said some damage was reported in Orchard.

FOX31 viewers sent photos of damage they saw in the area.

FOX31 reporter Kent Erdahl was also on the scene in Weld and Morgan counties to report on the damages there.

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