Tornado strikes WY town

A rare tornado struck a mobile home park in Wright, Wyoming, on Friday.

BY SUSAN KIM | WRIGHT, Wyoming | August 13, 2005


A rare tornado struck a mobile home park in Wright, Wyoming, on Friday.

By Sunday morning, two people were confirmed dead, a dozen people were injured, and three others were missing, according to reports from local emergency officials.

Up to 40 homes in the Cottonwood Mobile Home Park on the northwest side of Wright were either damaged or destroyed. A nearby elementary school was also damaged.

Wyoming, home to about 1,400 people, is a coal-mining town in eastern Wyoming, about 40 miles south of Gillette, and about 100 miles northeast of Casper.

Though warnings were issued, they occurred just before the tornado hit, so residents had little time to seek safe shelter.

About 50 people spent Friday night at a shelter at a local high school.

Meanwhile, in the eastern U.S., a weak tornado touched down in Long Island, N.Y., on Friday, leaving some roof damage and power outages. Two homes were severely damaged but there were no injuries.


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