Cimarron Tornado Info
Stan Pope (StanDCmr@AOL.COM)
Mon, 29 Jul 1996 23:59:59 -0400
Just back from Philmont...
On Thursday, about a dozen homes were destroyed in Cimarron. The Post
Office is no more. The bank was seriously damaged (de-roofed). Some other
businesses were also damaged, although it appears that the Ice Cream Shop
/ Art Gallery (where all the Wood Badge goodies are sold) suffered only
indirect losses (shipments lost in the mail and lost business.) I
observed no major damage south of the highway, and the hotel appeared to
One resident was reported in the Denver Post as saying she was "picked up
by the wind and then dropped... and has a bruise the size of Texas on her
butt." The spirits are holding!
The funnel was clearly visible from Philmont Training Center (PTC) parking
lot as it made its way toward Cimarron as a large (!), white tubular
structure trailing down from the forward part of a large, dark cloud.
I am aware of no damage to Philmont property by the tornado. Power was
out at Philmont for just a few hours.
A number of staff from PTC (e.g. some dining hall staff) were released to
assist at Cimarron. The Denver Post reported that off duty staff also
assisted. In addition to the customary World Brotherhood of Scouting
collection at PTC, conference participants dug deep in their pockets to
try to help out the residents of Cimarron.
On Tuesday evening (2 days prior to the tornado at Cimarron) there was
severe wind at PTC in which several trees were blown over and damaged
some PTC conference members' vehicles. A number of PTC tents were damaged
by the Tuesday winds. A few minor (I think) injuries were reported. This
was not identified as a tornado, and appeared to me to be "straight line,
south-west to north-east" wind. I am not aware of any damage to permanent
buildings at PTC or the Philmont Base camp area from either winds.
More tornados were reported in the area on Friday. I am aware of no
damage reports from those.
One of the things that I was told was the "tornados don't happen in New
Mexico, and that this was "a first!" Perhaps we had too many folks from
Texas, Kansas and Illinois there this week! Or perhaps, Philmont was just
"going all out" to give us another unique Philmont experience.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City