Image: Dave Eckhardt removed debris from his field in Gilcrest on Friday that was left by a powerful tornado Thursday.
The tornado that carved a path through Weld County on Thursday marked a deadly, if abnormal, introduction to the tornado season in Colorado.
Every year, dozens of twisters touch down across the state, but few wield the intensity of the one that sawed through Windsor and hit three other communities in north-central Colorado, peeling rooftops, cutting power and leaving one person dead.
"It's kind of a wake-up call that, yes, tornadoes can occur, they can be big, they can be fatal and they can be near the Front Range, so don't take them for granted," said Nolan Doesken, the state climatologist at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
Last year, on March 28, a tornado packing winds up to 165 mph swept through the southeastern Colorado town of Holly, killing a mother of two.
Before that, the last time a fatal tornado struck Colorado was in 1960, in Sedgwick County.
Twisters Pound Kansas for Second Night
WINDSOR, Colo. -- Tornadoes have ripped through parts of central and western Kansas for the second night in a row. At least one house has been destroyed and there's widespread damage to farm buildings and power lines.