Tornadoes touch down near Denver

Aug. 24, 2008 at 11:50 PM

DENVER, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Several tornadoes danced across the outskirts of metropolitan Denver Sunday, putting on a thrilling show but inflicting little damage, authorities said.

Scrub oaks were the only casualties as three or four twisters skipped through the area from Castle Pines to Parker, Douglas County sheriff's spokeswoman Cocha Hayden told The Denver Post.

"I'm so surprised it didn't hit something else," said Hayden, who witnessed the funnel clouds. "It went through so many populated areas."

The meteorological spectacle came a day after a rare tornado touched down in the mountains west of Denver. That twister sent campers flying and left four people slightly injured at Witcher Cove Campground, the Post reported.

"I've never seen anything like it," Park County Coroner Sharon Morris told the newspaper. "And I've been here 25 years."

Colorado averages more than 40 tornadoes a year, ranking it ninth in the country in tornadic activity.

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