” Things that come around, go around. Things that go around get really dizzy and fall over.” – Stacie Poessnecker
While much of the county experienced damaging hail on June 3, a strip running from Uehling Nebraska through Spiker and the Blair area was particularly hard hit.
Winds reaching 120 miles per hour destroyed a mile long stretch of power poles along country road 4 on the northwest edge of Washington County cutting off power to the area for about two days. A large metal shed on the Myron and Stacie Poessnecker property completely blew away.
Stacie Poessnecker said the storm approached at 3:45 PM and the sky was pitch black by 4 pm. She and her husband Myron were standing only a couple feet apart, but could not hear each other hollering to one another. She said they were taking pictures through a sliding glass door, “until the windows blew, and we ran for cover.”
After the storm, the large metal shed between their home and the road was gone. “Not one post was broke off, Poessnecer said, “They were sucked out of their 4ft+ deep holes and scattered for over 2 miles. “
Small plastic trays containing small washers were still sitting on her husband Myron’s workbench in the shed, yet everything else was gone.
The storm also severely damaged the home of Poessnecker’s parents, Keith and Lois Krohn on county road 4, and toppled trees at East Admah cemetery that were planted in the 1870’s.
Extensive damage was also reported at Spiker. The home of Marc and Jennifer Towle was severely damaged inside and out. Marc who works in Hooper saw the storm coming and called home to tell Jen to get in the basement.
Hail did extensive damage to the home of Randy and Lark Rasmussen, a farm buildings, and his trucking business. The Rasmussens are living in a trailer on the property until interior and exterior repairs can be completed.