Hail and Rain Damage Hurt Cotton Center Farmers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/28/07

Hail and Rain Damage Hurt Cotton Center Farmers

Shana Kirkland has seen a lot living on a farm for 20 years, but Thursday night's sighting of a tornado twisting through her backyard near Cotton Center topped it all.

"We just saw a big cloud of dust. It looked kind of like a gustnado and the longer we looked it was going straight into the clouds so I went in and got my camera and took some pics," says Kirkland.

The photos show the tornado blazing a dusty path through Kirkland's farmland leaving corn strewn across the field and cotton once ready for the picking, burned black. But still the Kirklands say the damage was minimal and most importantly no one was hurt.

However others weren't so lucky. What was going to be a million dollar crop is now worthless after hail destroyed close to 3,000 acres of cotton, corn and milo Thursday night.

"This farm behind us, this man only had this one field of cotton left. He had lost the rest of it earlier this year back in June due to hail. This was all the cotton he had left. Now he won't have any cotton to harvest," says Willis Taubert, the general manager of Cotton Center Farmers Co-op.

Marble to quarter size hail beat down on the fields outside Cotton Center.

"It wasn't a real wide spread area, but it's a very hard impact to this little Cotton Center community out here that depends so much on agriculture.

Once again there were no reported injuries or structural damage due to Thursday night's storm.

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