BARNS CITY, Iowa -- According to the National Weather Service, Barnes City was hit with an EF-1 tornado Wednesday evening with maximum winds hitting 107-miles per hour. And it touched down right on Andy Mart’s farm.
Mart says he grabbed his girlfriend and dog and ran to the basement moments before the tornado struck. When he stepped outside to assess the damage, he found his 60-year old, two level barn was gone. Not just leveled… but gone.
Most of the wood and roofing were swept away by the tornado, leaving very little debris. Mart says he’s lucky. If he had been out in the fields, he says, he would have taken shelter in the barn.
"This would have been the ideal place to go." Mart said, pointing to what's left of the barn, "This is where I would have gone to be safe. This is where the cows bed down in here and sleep. I would have probably hid in this corner here. See that's the worst corner where the blocks all kinda caved in"
No one was hurt in the Barnes City tornado. Mart says he plans to clean up what little debris there is this weekend then start rebuilding in the spring.