Storm damages buildings in Mifflin, Juniata counties

Strong storms made their way through the Midstate Wednesday night. Some of the hardest hit areas were Mifflin and Juniata counties, where the winds ripped roofs right off of buildings.

“The late 70’s, I bought it from my dad. We milk cows here and sold the cows,” said J. Loren Yoder about his farm. That operation will be interrupted for a few days for storm cleanup.

“I lost two roofs. The one silo has major damage, blew off the top. I’ll probably remove that. The other silo something, must have hit the shoot,” said Yoder.

The damage did not stop there.

“Part of the silo fell on the roof into where I keep the heifers and steers free stalls,” Yoder said. “One got trapped but we got her out.”

Yoder said it was not the rain or the lightning that damaged his Mifflin County farm, it was the wind.

“Strange noise,” he said. “I had no idea what it was. I think it must have been a little twister or tornado or something.”

In Juniata County, the roof was ripped off of a building at the Royal Green Golf Center in Mifflintown. Debris was scattered all over the field.

Mike Sperry helped clean up. He lives across the street.

“I looked outside and I couldn’t see anything out of my picture window because there was a great big sheet of metal,” Sperry said. “I thought it was my garage door, but it wasn’t. It was the roof from the driving range.”

The metal crumpled as if it were a piece of paper.

“The wind was extremely strong and the rain came down pretty hard but only for about five minutes or so,” Sperry said.

That was long enough to cause substantial damage. There were no reports of serious injuries.

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