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Damaging winds leave trail of destruction across several states

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Posted at 3:23 PM, Dec 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-15 23:20:00-05

High winds are wreaking havoc across the country.

The National Weather Service issued High Wind Warnings Wednesday from New Mexico to Upper Michigan.

Colorado is one state that is being hit hard. Colorado Springs and Boulder reported gusts over 90 miles per hour.

The wind has caused power outages, uprooted trees, and toppled Christmas decorations.

In Denver, a metal roof was blown onto a street where cars were parked. A tree also slammed into a truck in Littleton while a man was driving. He was not injured.

KOB 4, the NBC affiliate in New Mexico, reported that high winds damaged planes at the Santa Fe airport.

The Kansas City International Airport evacuated its Air Traffic Control Tower due to winds gusts in excess of 70 mph Wednesday night.

Earlier in the day, dust storms blanketed Wichita, Kansas.

In several states, there are threats of more severe weather and nocturnal tornadoes.

Tornado Watches and Warnings were issued for portions of Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Minnesota.

The National Weather Service reported a confirmed tornado in Plainview, Minnesota Wednesday night.

The storm pattern is rare for December. Minnesota had never recorded a tornado in December, according to ABC News.

The severe storms come on the heels of the deadly tornadoes that struck the Midwest and South last week, which killed more than 80 people.