- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

DENVER (AP) - Authorities in southeast Colorado say a 50-year-old Arkansas man was killed when a microburst of wind picked up his trailer and threw it about 40 feet.

Otero County Sheriff Shawn Mobley tells The Denver Post (https://goo.gl/ngHNk1 ) the man, whose name and hometown have not been released, was found dead Monday morning. The storm moved through the area the previous night.

The National Weather Service says the trailer home was not anchored to the ground and was lofted into the air about 5 miles northeast of La Junta. Investigators say straight-line winds between 75 and 80 mph destroyed the trailer.

Weather Service meteorologist Lisa Kriederman says microbursts occur when heavy, water-laden clouds drop rain that travels through drier air below and the water evaporates, cooling the air. The cold air accelerates as it falls.

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Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com

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