1 Dead as 600-Foot Wide Tornado Touches Down in Holly, Colo

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Holly, Colo. (AP) A 28-year-old woman is dead and 11 people injured after a tornado slammed into the southeastern Colorado town of Holly Wednesday night.

She's been identified as 28-year-old Rosemary Rosales, who was found critically injured in a tree.

She died Thursday morning at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs with her family by her side.

Holly is about 235 miles southeast of Denver near the Colorado/Kansas border.

Authorities say the twister was up to two football fields wide when it blew through the small town in Southeastern Colorado.

The tornado skipped for up to a-mile-and-a-half through town and surrounding areas Wednesday night.

Officials say at least 65 homes were damaged by the tornado. Some of the homes were severally damaged or destroyed. Five were missing from their foundations.

Most of the damage occurred in a two by eight block area of the community.

Emergency responders now say they believe everyone has been accounted for in the town of about one-thousand people.

Gov. Bill Ritter says state officials are trying to line up federal aid.

A rancher who lost at least 35 head of cattle to last night's tornado says ``it just looks like a bomb went off.”.

Bill Lowe says he had about 800 cattle in his feedlot when the tornado hit. Now, besides the 35 dead, others are so badly hurt that they'll have to be shot.

Lowe says it's better than letting them suffer.

At JR's Country Store and Video, manager Betty Vipman says residents comforted each other this morning -- hugging, and asking whether houses and loved ones are ok.

The tornado was part of a larger outbreak of twisters which plagued the central plains Wednesday. There are reports of more than 40 tornado's in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Nebraska.

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