(Hamlin) A rural Audubon County resident was able to run to safety just before a vicious storm obliterated two out buildings at his residence this (Monday) morning west of Hamlin.
Robert Trausch lives at 2407 IBIS Road which is located one-half mile south of Highway 44 and two miles west of Hamlin. Trausch says he was working in his vineyard when he spotted the storm bearing down on him from the Southwest.
“It started getting black in the southwest and I saw what looked like a funnel cloud, so I took off for the house which was about a quarter of a mile away,” stated Trausch. “I got in the house and the walls started vibrating so I went down in the basement and when I came back up everything was gone.”
Trausch says he didn’t look behind him to see what was coming.
“No…no…it was raining so hard I couldn’t hardly see, but I knew it was a tornado because it kept coming down and going back up and evidently it stayed down for a little bit.”
Trausch said, “A little winery shed was sucked right out of the ground and dropped about a quarter of a mile in a neighbor’s field. And it scattered that 100-hundred by 60-foot shed a half mile down the road. And out in the neighbor’s field there are four, five and six wooden posts that are driven right into the ground.”
Trausch built the two buildings just a year ago. He says he will probably start all over again.
The National Weather Service says a tornado wasn’t spotted on radar, but there appears the storm took a path. It destroyed a couple of bins just to the west of the Trausch residence, and neighbor about a mile east had a building destroyed as well.
June 24, 2013