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Freak wind tears through Chiefland

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Chiefland resident Tonya Keels knew something was wrong Saturday evening when she looked out a window and saw debris blowing across the fields that surround her family’s two-story farmhouse. She heard a loud noise and could feel a build up of pressure within the house.
“I said, ‘something’s wrong,’ ” and Keels, her husband and four children made their way to the house’s foyer and took cover.
“It wasn’t like I thought we were fixin’ to die,” she said, “but if it had kept on going, I might of thought we were going to.”
A strong blast of wind, lasting only 30 seconds or so at about 7 p.m., tore through the Keels’ property, throwing furniture from their porch, breaking a window and causing a door to slam so hard it ripped itself from its jamb.
Outside the house, the Keels discovered a path of destroyed trees and torn metal sheered from the roofs of several building on their property. A small barn, dating from the 1940s, was shoved off the pillars it had once stood upon.


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