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February 21, 2014   Email to Friend 

STRONG WINDS DAMAGE BUILDINGS, DOWN TREES
Mary Johnson
(334) 235-1406
February 21, 2014

An equipment shed and vehicles at Stan and Kayla Usery's Limestone County farm were heavily damaged when severe thunderstorms rolled through early Feb. 21.

Alabama residents are cleaning up after a line of severe thunderstorms rolled through overnight. The National Storm Prediction Center received 94 high wind reports and three tornado reports as the storms moved across the country Feb. 20 and 21.

The high winds destroyed an equipment shed at the Limestone County farm of Stan and Kayla Usery, the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 2013 Outstanding Young Farm Family (OYFF).

“We didn’t lose anything that can’t be replaced,” Stan said. “We bought a cotton picker this week and put it in that shed just two days ago. Luckily, it’s not damaged too badly. I think it looks worse than it is.”

Stan said the roof of the shed collapsed on the cotton picker, so he expects it to take a good amount of work to free the machine. Debris from the building also damaged the couple’s vehicles, including the new truck they received for winning the OYFF competition.

Stan farms alongside his father, Stanley Sr. They grow row crops and manage nine poultry houses.

“We don’t have power right now and probably won’t for a couple days,” said the elder Stanley. “We have generators going in the chicken houses, and we’re thankful none of those were damaged.”

The majority of Alabama storm reports were concentrated in the north, although there were numerous reports of downed trees in the Southeast corner of the state.

Alfa Insurance customers who sustained damage can file a claim by calling a local Alfa office or (800) 964-2532. Claims can also be filed online at www.alfains.com.



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