Neighbor watches strong winds destroy Newman Lake barn

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by HONORA SWANSON & KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 11:32 AM

NEWMAN LAKE, Wash. -- Strong winds on Wednesday ripped apart a barn on East Moffat Road in Newman Lake.  One woman described it as a scene out of the Wizard of Oz.

The barn's roof, the siding and its innards are now strewn over acres of land.  Melissa Weems, who is a neighbor, saw it all happen.

"Just out of nowhere, I'm looking out the back door and I see my neighbor's barn lift up and just take off," said Weems.  "It pretty much lifted in one piece and then I could see it being carried and I could see it just shatter.  At that point I freaked out, grabbed my son, ran downstairs and hid in the closet."

The barn has been around since the late '90s.  Neighbors said they are shocked Mother Nature could take it down.  Dennis Stoeser said he heard the destruction a couple houses away.

"We have trains about a mile from here but this sounded like it was right on the street," said Stoeser.

Chunks of the barn hang from his trees like ornaments.  As for the other trees, wind split or uprooted them.  The damage had some suspecting it was more than just powerful winds.

"We've had 50 mile per hour our here and this was one heck of a whole lot stronger than that," said Stoeser.

"People may think I'm crazy but I think it was a tornado," said Weems.
 
The owners said he has a lot of clean up ahead.  He had just finished fixing up the barn for spring.

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