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High wind rips roof off Zeeland barn

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Posted at 12:09 AM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 00:11:33-04

ZEELAND, Mich. — Around 11:30 pm Wednesday morning Dan Kerkstra noticed the wind picking up at his Zeeland farm and the roof to his cattle barn ripping off piece by piece.

“I was parked thrown back in the barn and I’ve said I thought I saw the roof movement a little bit and first piece of roof went right up over top of the truck so i kind of flew through the hay field to get out of the way and then just more hunks and hunks of the roof kept ripping off flying through the field,” Dan Kerkstra said.

“It was pretty intense and a lot of structure came down we had cows all under the lien too. They were coming out of the field, as it got bad and there was stuff falling on them so we were a bunch of the guys and a few neighbors came by to help get the structure off the cows and get the cows out,” he added.

They were able to get all the cows to safety, but the wind took off a good portion of the roof and knocked down nearby power lines.

Something Kerkstra hasn’t seen in the decades he’s lived here.

“The big major power lines i see that one of the part of them came down to and which I've never seen that,” he added.

“We’ve been here 20 years and never seen anything like this, so yeah it was really windy,” Kertkstra said.