CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Hurricane-force wind knocked out windows and electricity, topped a 40-foot spruce tree onto a visitor center and inconvenienced Black Friday shoppers in northwest Wyoming.
Winds reached 82 mph in Cody and 117 mph in Clark, an unincorporated community of 300 about 40 miles east of Yellowstone National Park.
No damage was reported in Clark, which in certain weather conditions is known to get blasted by extremely strong wind out of the nearby Absaroka Mountains.
In Cody, gusts the day after Thanksgiving toppled a 40-foot Colorado spruce onto a visitor center. Electricity cut out for a few hours in a neighborhood of about 100 homes.
One home had two storm windows knocked out.
"We all have to be respectful of Mother Nature," Cody Mayor Nancy Tia Brown said. "We're taking care of everything as quickly as we can to make sure people are safe and comfortable."
Employees at the Walmart in Cody asked shoppers to return carts indoors so they wouldn't be blown into vehicles parked outside, the Cody Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/1xWQWcW ).
The National Weather Service predicted strong winds would continue through the weekend as a storm system that dumped heavy snow on Jackson Hole and Yellowstone moved through the region.