Tornado damages crops

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A tornado touches down in Eastern Iowa this weekend, causing damage in Dubuque County.

Driving through Worthington you can’t tell a tornado hit the town. Unless, you drive into a local farmer’s yard, where the tornado left proof it was there.

Corn breaking, snapping and blowing completely over, all thanks to an EF0 tornado with an estimated wind speed of 70 miles per hour.

“It come over there, knocked out them trees, caused the damage to this building, then went through this corn field,” said Jim Funke, land owner.

Funke says he heard heavy rain and wind.

“It started blowing a little harder and I thought well, they are hollering on television I might as well go to the basement,” said Funke.

The tornado ripping through his yard, damaging two of his sheds and of course, his corn.

“Well that ain’t gonna be a good thing, some are broke off, they won’t be nothing, harvesting will be the hardest part, it ain’t a big area, but it’s something,” said Funke.

“We’ve went through quite a few winds the last month or so, been getting by but we didn’t get by this time,” said Funke.

Luckily, his home and other barns were not damaged, saying this damage is enough for him.

“This is enough.Yes this is enough,” said Funke.

Funke says he is hopeful he can salvage some of the corn, but he thinks most of it will not be harvestable.

By: Taylor Bailey, Reporter Posted: Jul 24, 2016 5:28 PM EDT Updated: Jul 24, 2016 7:42 PM EDT
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