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The cattle pen at the Richter farm was completely destroyed. Picture courtesy of Emily Heinzmann

Meridian Road Barns Destroyed by Suspected Straight-Line Winds

By Rob Sussman, WJBD News

They 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.

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