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Farms Damaged by Storm South of Mandan

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 Strong winds rocked several farms south of Mandan last night.
A storm with near 80 mile per hour winds did major damage to trees, crops and buildings.
Ag Reporter Sarah Heinrich visits with some of those who were hit the hardest. 
Lynn Gustin / Farmer) "This is like ground zero. It was scary." 

It's a tough sight to stomach.
(Lynn Gustin / Farmer) "That's the worst I have ever seen here. That was scary when you can feel the suction like that going through the yard. You can hear things going and there is nothing you can do about it. It took out a lot of stuff here."
Trees that were once standing are snapped.
(Lynn Gustin / Farmer) The shelter belt that is the worst. It takes your trees, that is hard to replace. It takes years to replace those. The other stuff here you can fix it and replace." 
Buildings that once had walls are now wide open.
(Lynn Gustin / Farmer) "On this building. It blew in the walk in door on the west side and the pressure, there wasn't a door here. That took the whole side of that building and blew it out." 
Lynn Gustin farms 8 miles south of Mandan.
Gustin has been in this yard his entire life and never has he seen damage quite like this.
(Lynn Gustin / Farmer) "Calf shelters we had them all put together with bales on them and it even took one a quarter mile. Stock tanks, wind breaks. Lot of tree damage. Some house damage as far as trees hitting the houses and pieces of them."
Roughly 2 miles to the south the story is the same.
Fields that were once waste high now stand 6 inches tall.
And doors that were once firmly attached are destroyed.
Corrals that once stood have fallen. 
To the west Mandan Fertilizer was nearly destroyed. 
Sides of the hopper bin were pushed in.
This leg that once stood tall is now crumpled in a pile on the ground.
And the office took the hardest hit. 
(Lynn Gustin / Farmer) "Luckily it was only 10 minutes but it did a lot of damage in ten minutes." 



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