Tornadoes skip around Scott City

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A tornado that landed west of Scott City late on Tuesday afternoon took on several shapes as it progressed north and west before it finally disappeared about six miles northwest of town.

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A tornado that landed west of Scott City late on Tuesday afternoon took on several shapes as it progressed north and west before it finally disappeared about six miles northwest of town.

By Rod Haxton, editor

An historic barn that had been a familiar landmark west of Scott City was one of the main casualties resulting from multiple tornadoes that touched down in the area on Tuesday afternoon.

Sirens began warning of tornadoes shortly before 4:00 p.m. when the first one was sighted southwest of Scott City.

Initial concerns were that the tornado would angle to the northeast and threaten Scott City, but the twister instead took a more northerly path.

“It looked like it was moving to the east and would hit the south end of town,” says Sheriff Glenn Anderson.

It leveled the old barn about five miles west of town, destroyed a couple of other smaller buildings to the north and also knocked down power lines in the same vicinity.

About a mile farther north it peeled off part of the metal room from a barn on the Cheri Krebs farm and tossed it into nearby transmission lines.

“It was zig-zagging east and west and then at about Road 190 it pulled back up (into the clouds),” Anderson said.

According to Wheatland Electric spokesman Shawn Powelson, the storm knocked out power to just over 400 service connections, which includes irrigation wells, stock tanks, etc.

“That doesn’t mean more than 400 people were without electricity,” Powelson explains. “Some farms may have two or three meters.”

By 5:45 p.m. that same evening all power had been rerouted and restored while Wheatland begins the process of rebuilding the downed lines.

 

Other Sightings

Sheriff Glenn Anderson says he was told of another tornado that touched down south of Scott City “but I didn’t see it.”

Yet another tornado was spotted along K4 Highway near mile post 9.5.

“It touched down near the highway and traveled about one or two miles before going up again,” says Anderson.

Emergency Management Director Larry Turpin concurred that the tornadoes remained in open country where the damaged was limited.

 

“We lucked out,” he said.

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