A complex storm system that moved east Monday night into the early morning on Tuesday brought a mixture of rain, snow, ice, and damaging winds.
The greatest thunderstorm wind damage occurred in northeast Frontier County. Winds were estimated up to 80 mph for nearly 30 minutes that produced the straight-line wind damage. The damage covered an area 48 square miles to the west and southwest of Eustis. Initial reports combined with damage to the west of West Canyon Road and south of highway 23 into areas south of county road 741. The strong winds took down power lines and snapped approximately 40 power poles. The McCook Public Power District reported 173 consumers lost power during the storm.
The high winds produced damage at 12 farmsteads. The most extensive damage occurred just north of county road 741, where two large buildings and nine silos were destroyed. The wind damage included roofs of homes, outbuildings, windows blown out, up to 60 center pivot systems overturned, large tree limbs down and a few cows were killed by flying debris.
Three of the most affected farms in the area were Verl and Monika Jurgens, Brad and Lisa Williams, and Shirley Easterday. After the devastating damage the community pulled together a cleanup group on Sunday the 14th to help everyone out. More photos on page 5.