The cattle pen at the Richter farm was completely destroyed. Picture courtesy of Emily Heinzmann
Meridian Road Barns Destroyed by Suspected Straight-Line WindsThey did not see or hear anything unusual, but when they went outside, they found that three barns were completely destroyed. That was the reality at a farm on Meridian Road North of Sandoval early Thursday morning after what is believed to be intense straight-line winds tore through the Sandoval area.
The damaged buildings at the farm, owned by the Richter family, are a total loss. Farmer Brad Richter says they're in the process of moving the cattle that were housed in the devastated cattle barn to other shelters.
"We did lose about six animals out of around 600. We're thankful that's all we lost. By the looks of it, the barns are 100% lost" said Richter, "We lost a barn a few years ago, but this is a hundred times bigger. It's devastating."
The straight line winds came in just minutes after the National Weather Service cancelled the area's tornado warning.
See other LocalNews news:Two Resign from Centralia City Schools
Lt. Governor and Comptroller Candidate Sheila Simon Visits Centralia
Governors Race Too Close to Call
Sen. Durbin Wants Feds to Look at Ill. Rail Delays
Tennessee Residents Injured in St. Peter Accident