Two tornadoes cause numerous downed trees near Hulett Tuesday night

Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service

HULETT, Wyo. — The National Weather Service has released photos of downed trees caused by two tornadoes that touched down near Hulett, Wyoming on Tuesday evening.

The NWS says numerous trees were downed by the tornadoes, which developed northwest of the town at around 8 p.m.

Some of the trees ended up blocking Wyoming Highway 112. The NWS says there weren’t many photos of the actual tornadoes because of the terrain and the fact that they were embedded in rain.

Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service

The first tornado formed about 6 miles east of New Haven and then dissipated 4 miles north of Hulett. It snapped and uprooted a number of pine trees and some cottonwood trees — but caused no structural damage. Peak wind speeds reached an estimated 105 mph and its maximum width was 100 yards. It traveled for a total of five miles.

The second tornado followed the first, essentially paralleling its path. It also snapped numerous trees and a few cottonwood trees. Additionally, it pushed a grain bin off its foundation. It was about the same size as the other tornado with the same estimated peak wind speeds and path length.

A severe thunderstorm warning has again been issued in the same general area Wednesday evening. It’s in effect until 10:15 p.m.

Wind gusts up to 70 mph and half dollar sized hail are possible.

In the Black Hills, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued earlier for Oglala Lakota County, with reports of 1 inch hail in some places.

Additionally, future radar indicates that the Northern Hills and northwestern South Dakota may be hit with some of the storm cells currently moving east from Wyoming.

NewsCenter1 will bring you forecast updates as they developed. Stay tuned, and be prepared to take shelter if you’re in the path of a severe thunderstorm.

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