Tornado Near Laramie, Wyoming

Powerful EF3 Tornado Near Laramie, Wyoming, Wows Storm Chasers

A tornado that took its time roaring across a sparsely populated area of Wyoming caused quite a few “oohs” and “ahhs” as well as some damage.

Aaron Voos saw the twister touch down north of the city of Laramie while driving home with his 6-year-old son Wednesday. He called his wife who was at home with their 11-year-old son and told them to drive away.

Voos admits the usual advice is to go to the basement. But he says the tornado was moving so slowly, they had plenty of time to meet him roadside a few miles away.

Damage to some structures, power poles, power lines and fences was reported, but there were no injuries, according to Albany County Emergency Management.

A team from the National Weather Service in Cheyenne is expected to survey the damage Thursday to estimate the tornado’s intensity.

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The tornado was seen by many in Laramie, including those on the University of Wyoming campus, which is home to a graduate program in atmospheric science.

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