Nevada County man says twister destroyed barn, threw roof 50 feet in air | TheUnion.com

Nevada County man says twister destroyed barn, threw roof 50 feet in air

Charles Mierkey said a twister appeared Tuesday afternoon, destroyed his barn and then disappeared within moments.
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The twister, or whatever force that destroyed a barn on Kentucky Flat Road, shouldn’t have existed.

Charles Mierkey heard nothing unusual in the moments before portions of the roof and side of his barn were thrown at least 50 feet into the air.

Mierkey said no one was hurt in the Tuesday afternoon event that lasted only moments.

“We had a little wind here and all of a sudden we heard this roar,” he said. “When I looked up, I saw the twister.”

John Powers, a neighbor, was at his computer when he heard the sound. Mierkey’s barn was untouched that morning. He saw portions of the barn’s roof on the other side of the pasture when he looked again.

“All that was done within a matter of minutes,” Powers said.

A forecaster with the National Weather Service said radar showed nothing that would suggest a tornado or strong winds moved through the area.

Mierkey and his wife know what they saw.

“We turned and then all of a sudden we heard crashing in the barn,” Mierkey said. “The air looked brownish, like it was full of dirt.”

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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