"So far, dang near all the buildings are gone.”
That’s what Ryan Werner reported to WTAE News after surveying the damage to his North Beaver Township, Ohio, dairy in the wake of an EF1 tornado.
The tornado, which the National Weather Service estimates to have been about a quarter-mile wide, took direct aim at Werner’s dairy. The only building spared was his fourth-generation home, where his 95-year-old grandmother was riding out the storm. Click here for more or see the video above for a report from scene.
The Mansfield News Journal reports that five of Werner’s animals were killed after a barn collapsed in the storm, and the community jumped into action to save as many of the surviving cattle as possible.
“What was really amazing was that about 50 civilians who drove past it, parked their cars along the side of the road and got out to help,” Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Carl Richert told the newspaper. “It was really terrific to see everyone working together.”
Emergency crews and community members were able to save an estimated 30 animals.
This was the nation's third tornado to rip through a dairy. A late-June tornado destroyed a Kentucky dairy to the point that its owners question rebuilding. In March, a Georgia dairy was left picking up the pieces after a tornado struck.