Tornado causes damage to Cozad farm

Published: May. 18, 2019 at 5:33 PM CDT
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The National Weather Service said after preliminary surveys, an EF-1 tornado touched down east of Cozad where one farm took damage.

At about eight pm Friday night, the family who lives on the farm heard that the tornado was just outside of town so they headed to their crawl space.

“About 40 seconds later the house was shaking and you could hear debris but we didn't know what really happened until it was calm and we got out and we found we had a shop that was a mess and a yard with a lot of stuff ruined,” Farm Owner Justin Kinnan said.

Kinnan’s farm was right in the path of the tornado. It left the shop door greatly damaged and ripped off and entire side of the building.

“You know early indications at least at this point winds probably in the neighborhood of about 90 to 100 miles an hour doing the damage to the outbuilding here,” Warning Coordination Meteorologist Mike Moritz said.

Pieces of the building and other property in the front yard were thrown far off into the fields. Kinnan’s wife, kids, and dogs were huddled safely inside their house which did not take any major damage.

Neighbors came to their aid to help clean up the mess the storm left in its wake.

“I think it's always never a good feeling looking at your stuff and realizing you got a lot of work and you've had a lot of time cleaning it up and getting it looking nice and now you need to redo it again,” Kinnan said.

Around Cozad there are power lines down and many farmers like Kinnan will have to get their pivots back up right.

He had just finished planting for the season just hours before the tornado hit but he believes his crops should be fine. The family said they are just thankful that no one was injured.