The cattle pen at the Richter farm was completely destroyed. Picture courtesy of Emily Heinzmann
Meridian Road Barns Destroyed by Suspected Straight-Line Winds
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.
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