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Stormy weekend sweeps the Plains

April 16, 2012

LITCHFIELD - - The Dale Zoerb family, of rural Litchfield, had just arrived home from church Sunday morning when a severe storm hit their farm. It was raining and hailing at the time, when all of a sudden the winds became so strong and loud that the family decided to head to the basement.

Patio furniture began to fly off the deck, being blown south of the house. "I looked out the window as Linda was heading to the basement, and I saw the machine shed heading north!" says Dale.

It lasted only a few seconds, but when it was over the machine shed had been reduced to a pile of rubble, and debris littered the entire property. Pieces of tin and lumber from the machine shed were on top of and, in some cases, through other buildings on the property, and debris was found as far as a quarter of a mile up the road from the farm.

The Zoerb family knows they were very lucky. Was it straight wind, or a tornado that hit their farm? That may be debatable, but Dale quickly points out the fact that the wind made a 180 degree switch in an instant, and that trees and other buildings on the farm were not touched.

See more on this story, lots of photos, and storm reports from the weekend in this week's Custer County Chief.