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8 twisters hit Colorado: Minor injury, damage

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 9, 2014 at 9:27 am •  Published: June 9, 2014

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Several tornadoes touched down as a line of severe thunderstorms swept through Colorado on Sunday, with one of the twisters hitting near a junior golf tournament and injuring a caddy.

Six of the tornadoes struck in northeast Colorado, while two others hit in Park County in the center of the state, the National Weather Service said. At least three of them caused damage.

Aurora Fire Department officials said a twister touched down near the Blackstone Country Club, causing one minor injury and flipping an empty trailer.

Paul Cleveland, 16, who was playing in the golf tournament, said he and two other people were riding in a golf cart when they saw a funnel cloud heading in their direction, swirling debris.

"I ducked down, protected my head and waited for the worst," he said.

Moments later, Cleveland said, the twister lifted the cart and threw it on top of a caddy walking nearby. The caddy, a man in his 50s, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, said Capt. Diane Lord with the Aurora Fire Department. Damage was also reported to a construction trailer.

Two twisters in Park County caused damage. A funnel cloud touched down near Fairplay about 65 miles southwest of Denver at about 11 a.m., damaging the roof of a home, Park County spokeswoman Linda Balough said.

"This is amazingly unusual at 10,000 feet, very unusual for it to happen up here," she said.

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