Metal building & pickup destroyed by 80 mph thunderstorm winds

Metal building & pickup destroyed by 80 mph thunderstorm winds
Courtesy/Photo of metal shed turned into scrap heap by 80 mph thunderstorm winds — 5-12-22
May 14th, 2022 | Rural Radio Network
Courtesy/Jake Wolfinger photo of 4 Plus Feeders metal building taken off
foundation and tossed by 80 mph winds onto pickup and trailer — 5-12-22

Dawson County — A powerful thunderstorm rolled through Dawson County Thursday, May 12, between 1:30 & 2:00 p.m., causing a wide range of damage. 4 Plus Feeders, located approximately 7 miles northeast of Lexington, was one of many rural operations damaged in the storm. The operation is owned by Jake and Janice Wolfinger. Jake tells the Rural Radio Network about the strange events that occurred…

Courtesy/Jake Wolfinger photo of metal building tossed onto pickup and trailer — 5-12-22

Jake Wolfinger tells the Rural Radio Network the storm produced winds clocked at 80 mph, lifting an open-sided hay commodity barn off its foundation and throwing it on top of a pickup and flatbed trailer…

Wolfinger says the steel building was less than four years old and his plan is to fix the foundation and rebuild the structure on the same foundation.

He says, fortunately, they were at the end of the season of using the building because they’re, “going to grass with cattle.”

Wolfinger calls the operation their main ranch headquarters where they calve all their cows and have a small backgrounding yard. He says it’s where they go to grass with quite a few yearlings that end up in their feedyard.

Wolfinger estimates the loss of the building and a 2008 Ford F-550 pickup at more than $100,000. But he’s philisophical: Everything was insured and no one was hurt.

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