Kent Schmidt was in one of his turkey barns in rural Claremont last Wednesday afternoon when the rains came and winds picked up.
He was doing his evening chores and was trying to make the birds comfortable and keep the water out of the barns, he said. He was putting the last curtains down when he heard the roof open up "like a zipper." When he saw the sky through the roof, he said, he "took off running" seeking shelter in the barn's service area.
He said he didn't hear the freight train noise that many say accompanies a tornado but he did notice that when the roof first came off the wind was blowing from the southwest and immediately afterward switched to the north northwest.
A semi-driver had delivered feed to the farm shortly before and when it started to rain he decided to ride out the storm in the sleeper of his cab, Schmidt said. When the truck started to shake he moved to the cab and told Schmidt he watched debris fly past the truck.
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