High winds, which locals surmised was a tornado, obliterated two barns on rural County Road 305 in Elkton, just after 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
“Look at the way it twisted those steel beams, it had to have been a twister,” Jeremy Brubaker of Brubaker Farms said at the scene.
Two barns were ravaged by the burst of wind, leaving parts of the steel roof strewn all over a dormant potato field. Wreckage stretched at least the length of a football field.
No one was reported injured in what some onlookers suggested was a microburst of wind.
Farm manager Jeff Brubaker said he just had a couple of pieces of farm equipment, which appeared to be ruined, in the damaged barns.
“I’d call it a tornado,” Brubaker said. “I don’t know what else could have done this.”
The National Weather Service had dispatched investigators to the scene, Thursday, to see if the incident was a tornado.
“We don’t know yet,” said Mike McAllister of the National Weather Service. “We suspect it was straight line winds, which were reported around the same time in other parts of the state, but we are going to make sure.”
McAllister said that barns without walls have been known to attract microbursts.
Power lines sagged under foreboding skies, Thursday, as the Brubakers surveyed the scene. Aside from wind whipped tree limbs and leaves on the ground close to the barn, the rest of the area suffered little damage. Farm workers said no one was working in the field that day, but they were going to be getting it ready for planting soon.
“This will take a while to clean up,” Brubaker said.