SALEM TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - The National Weather Service says a tornado demolished two barns housing 40,000 turkeys near Dorr late Tuesday afternoon.
Around 6 p.m., a big wind whipped across the property of the DeBoer Turkey Farm and, one family member told 24 Hour News 8, destroyed the barns housing their turkeys. One of the barns imploded, he said.
"It got louder," farmer Brian DeBoer said. "So, I look out the window and I noticed all this stuff blowing across the field. And then, just like that, it went away. I didn't see a funnel cloud or nothing like that."
Despite the destruction, only a relative few turkeys died in the incident. Most, however, were fine and needed to be moved to another housing area.
Family and friends helped with that effort, using T-shirts and anything else they could find to filter the turkeys into another barn.
An insurance adjuster came to the scene and gave a preliminary indication the damage could be around $1 million. Beyond the turkey barns, some farm equipment also was damaged.
The Allegan County farm is insured, but it could take a while before it is running full speed again, said Janice Vermerris, whose brother owns the farm.
No one was injured in the incident.
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