Allegan Co. turkey farm suffers storm damage

10:09 PM, Apr 26, 2011   |    comments
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  • Photo of funnel cloud in Burnips from Rachel Wolters.
  • Hail from Ashlie Hollis
  • Burnips storm damage (From Kyle Windemuller)
  • Photo of Byron Center funnel cloud from Lori Vandenberg
  • Burnips storm damage (From Kyle Windemuller)
  • Burnips storm damage (From Kyle Windemuller)
  • Turkeys next to damaged barn at DeBoer Farms in Allegan County's Salem Township.

UPDATE AT 9:00 P.M. (WZZM) -- Salem Township's fire chief says his firefighter have found significant storm damage to four buildings -- including a turkey farm -- following Tuesday's storms.

Two turkey barns at DeBoer Farms were damaged.  Farm opwner Dave DeBoer tells WZZM 13 News some turkeys were killed.  He will have to send ship out 9,500 turkeys from one of the barns, while turkeys in the other damaged barn will be transferred to other buildings.

Fire Chief Larry Hildenbrand says there was signs rotational winds likely caused the damage.

The other business damaged was Windscapes Landscaping, where several trailers were toppled and the roof of a building wwas ripped open.

Neighbors tell WZZM 13 News they heard something that sounded like a freight train.  They say it was over in five seconds -- before they could seek shelter.

BURNIPS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Workers at an Allegan County business are reporting turned-over trailers, a damaged roof, and turkeys loose after strong winds hit Tuesday afternoon.

The storm hit around 6 p.m. Tuesday at Windscapes Landscaping in the 2900 block of 144th Ave. in Burnips.

Kyle Windemuller says he saw a cone-shaped cloud touch down.

Lori Vandenberg took a photo of a funnel cloud near Byron Center.

Numerous viewers are reporting marble- to golf-ball sized hail fell during the storm.


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