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Elkton family loses 100-year-old barn in storm

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Updated: 5/07/2013 8:46 pm
ELKTON, Fla. -- It was a terrifying night for families in St Johns County.  Many today believe it was a tornado that ripped though Saturday night.

"A couple limbs bounced off the side of the house, knocked pictures off the walls," said David Wilke.

As the brunt of the storm barreled through Elkton, Wilke and his family feared a tornado was approaching. Growing up in the northwest, they've lived through them before and knew what to do.

Mom Laurie Wilke immediately called to her son who was taking a shower.

"He came out with a towel and the soap dripping and we ran back down the stairs and the power went out as we came down the stairs. We ran straight under, although our dog beat us, into what we call the Harry potter cupboard under the stairs," she said.

David Wilke surveyed the house one more time before joining them.

"I could see the windows shaking and I began to get concerned maybe this baby was sitting down on us about to rip the house up," he said.

For 20 minutes they crouched in the closet waiting.  But even after the worst of it passed, they couldn't tell how much damage had been done.

"We could see thru the flashes of lighting that the landscape was different. That we didn't see the top of the barn," Laurie Wilke said.

It wasn't until Sunday morning they ventured outside. The family's 100 year old barn just couldn't stand strong against the high winds and pelting rain. Laurie can't believe her farmhouse was able to hang on.

"All I can say is angels were on our house because we had metal roofing, it's obvious when you walk through the hard metal roofing tree limbs flying. They had to be," she said.

And with a mess on their hands, they're still feeling pretty lucky.

"Our chickens our dogs out cats everybody's fine. The chicken coop got demolished and they came out squawking this morning so. We were amazed," David Wilke said.
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Bueller - 5/6/2013 9:12 AM
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You are quite the idiot imtellin.

imtellin - 5/6/2013 6:56 AM
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what kind of idiot, showers during an electrical storm with 5000 plus strikes to the ground ??? and since when did tornados become prevalent in the northwest ??? Oregon, Washington ? rain, snow, fog, sure,,, but tornados?? and judging by the pictures,, the barn only needed a good push to fall down,, so no big loss there...
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