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Lee County corn research center and power poles damaged by winds

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When the storm hit Lee County, it brought golf ball sized hail and winds of up to 64 miles per hour, and the agriculture research center north of town was no match.

A lot of people in the county also lost power.

Strong winds snapped at least six Oglethorpe Power transmission poles along Highway 19 just north of Leesburg.

The Monsanto Research Center sustained the worst damage in Lee County.

Take a look at this roll up door on the back of the building.

It's rated to withstand 140 mile per hour winds, but it was ripped to pieces.

Three other roll up doors were also blown down and a parking shed was destroyed.

Huge pieces of metal were ripped out of the concrete and blown along side the road.
Monsanto Testing and Operations Manager Robert Clements said "One wind recorder registered 63 mile per hour, but that's sitting at about four feet off the ground. We know we got a lot more damage than 60 mile per hour winds."

An irrigation pivot in the middle of that field was twisted by the winds.

Monsanto officials estimate the damage at between $50,000 and $70,000.

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