Significant Storm Damage in County

By Funk, Joel | Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY), June 14, 2017 | Go to article overview

Significant Storm Damage in County


Funk, Joel, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY)


Headline: Storm damage assessment continues Subhead: Insurance claims following tornadoes, hail concentrated in Laramie County Web headline: Tornado, hail storm damages significant in Laramie County At a glance Monday's storm that brought several tornadoes and damaging hail to many parts of Wyoming saw some of its most significant impacts in Laramie County. A State Farm representative said the majority of claims across the state were concentrated in Laramie County, where hail and tornadoes affected vehicles, homes, agricultural structures and infrastructure.

Wyoming Tribune Eagle CHEYENNE - In 53 years living in Cheyenne, Adam Breaux had never seen hail as large as he saw Monday afternoon.

"Nothing like this," he said. "It just beat everything up." An intense low pressure storm system brought baseball-sized hail to parts of northern and northwestern Laramie County - including F.E. Warren Air Force Base - according to the National Weather Service. Where Breaux lives off Gardenia Drive in north Cheyenne, the hail damaged vehicles, plant life and houses. All throughout the neighborhood, some cars had spider-webbed windows, others had large holes, while many windows were completely broken out.

At Breaux's home, 12 skylights, three solar panels and his rain gutters were damaged in the short-lived, but intense hailstorm. "It just started coming down in small hail that got bigger and bigger," he said. Tornadoes also touched down in parts of Laramie County, causing a variety of damage, said Rob Cleveland, Laramie County Emergency Management director. Homes, agricultural structures and other types of property in Carpenter, as well as northeast of Cheyenne near County Road 222 and U.S. Highway 85, sustained significant damage from the tornadoes, he said.

"We know we had nine homes or agricultural buildings damaged in the tornado at Carpenter," Cleveland said. "There were no injuries, thankfully, but there were some significant damages to homes." A natural gas pipeline damaged during the Carpenter tornado was repaired Monday night, and crews were working to restore power to the area Tuesday morning. The tornado touchdown northeast of Cheyenne struck some agriculture systems and two homes in the area, though Cleveland said it was not as significant as the Carpenter event. He said he was not aware of any death or injury of livestock in either event.

Cleveland said it would take time before a dollar amount could be attached to damages in the city and county. State Farm, which insures one in five homes and vehicles in Wyoming, had busy days Monday and Tuesday, said Angela Thorpe, a company representative. Though solid numbers of claims filed weren't available Tuesday, she said it was a significant amount. "We have received several hundred home and auto claims," she said. "They're coming in pretty quick at this point. We immediately received calls after the storm, with people asking questions about what steps are next. …

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