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A line of severe storms moved across southeast Colorado Sunday evening, June 12th 2016. The storms produced large hail and widespread severe winds.   In some areas wind gusts were in excess of 70 mph. Around 5 miles northeast of La Junta (Otero County) a trailer home, not anchored to the ground, was lofted into the air, and the occupant was killed. A damage survey was conducted by NWS Pueblo, and it was determined that 75-80 mph straight-line winds caused the destruction. A number of Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued for the southeast plains.  The warning for northeast Otero County was issued at 8:25 p.m. MDT.  The fatality at the trailer home occurred around 8:37 p.m. MDT.

Destroyed trailer home northeast of La Junta, CO
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