I-25 has re-opened between Castle Pines and Colorado Springs, but travel is still discouraged. Highway 83 is closed between Colorado Springs and Franktown, and Highway 24 is closed between Coloraro Springs and Limon. Highway 94 is closed from Colorado Springs to Lincoln County Line.
Governor Bill Ritter has activated the National Guard to help reach three stranded buses and dozens of drivers who are stuck in Eastern El Paso County. However, we’re told one of those buses made it back to the Miami-Yoder school and students are staying there until help arrives. Another of the buses was stuck outside a home in Yoder, and the homeowner has taken in 18 students plus the bus driver. All of the students are said to be doing fine. A busload of senior citizens was also stranded, but a private citizen rescued the group.
We’re told there another 70 or so stranded drivers on a stretch of Highway 94, and search and rescue crews are using snowcats to try to reach them.
Power outages are widespread. Mountain View Electric says approximately 2500 customers are without power in El Paso County, and the power may not be restored until tomorrow.
…Travel along the Palmer Divide and in Black Forest is strongly discouraged.
Several tornadoes touched down in Eastern Colorado, but damage has been limited a few building and there are no reports of injuries.