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Storm destroys two grain bins near Troy

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No other damage reported Saturday

By Vince Luecke

TROY - Murl Schwartz has a mess on his hands after Saturday evening's storm destroyed two grain bins and damaged a pole building north of Troy.

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"It's the second time at the same location," said Schwartz, who farms land in Perry and Spencer counties. A storm three years ago destroyed a storage building. Hardest hit Saturday, though, were two grain bins, which were torn from their foundations and tossed about a quarter mile into a field.

The roof of one bin was strewn nearby, as were the innards of the two bins, including an auger that stirs grain.

A large fan that blows air into the bins was left nearly intact even though the bin it was attached to lay in the distance. Saturday's winds also damaged doors to a large building nearby that housed equipment.

Perry and Spencer counties were under severe-thunderstorm warnings as the storm moved west, skirting the Ohio River.

The same weather system spawned a tornado that destroyed homes in Corydon, Ky. Schwartz thinks a small tornado may be responsible for the damage. Limbs were torn from trees nearby and appear twisted. "It could have been a tornado or straight-line winds. Either way, I'm left with the mess," he said.

Steve Hauser, director of Perry County's Emergency Management Agency, said Wednesday he had received no other reports of damage from Saturday's storm.