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Cows killed in Colquitt County tornado

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

DOERUN, GA (WALB) –When storms swept through our area Wednesday afternoon, a tornado touched down near Doerun. It hit a rural, sparsely populated area so no homes were damaged and no one was hurt.

But it hit near a cattle farm and dozens of calves were thrown around six even killed.

The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado touched down in a field near Doerun close to Highway 133.

Thankfully, no homes or businesses were in its path, but Carver Farms apparently was.

Mr. Carver raises calves at Carver Farms near Doerun. When severe weather hit the area Wednesday Carver returned home to find 65 of his calves had been thrown around in their pens.

He found some had been thrown more than 100 feet and sadly six were even killed. It happened shortly after a tornado was spotted near his house.

Captain Sam Smith with the Doerun Police Department witnessed the tornado form in the sky. "You could see the swirling dirt from the here," he said.

He was watching the storm in the parking lot of the Cotton Gin, when he saw the funnel clouds form. He contacted dispatch about the twister, so they could sound the storm alarm and notify a nearby elementary school.

He says it was the first time he's seen a funnel cloud touch the ground, but he really was shocked when he saw it divide into two. "I was thinking if this aint bad enough now we got two of them running around out here," he said.

It touched down in a field, and stayed on the ground for a mile and a half, but thankfully no one was injured, and only minor damages were reported.

But Carver is hoping his calves recover,in the meantime, he has a lot of cleaning up to do.

Carver says he is used to the winds damaging cages and knocking around his calves. A few years ago he says the calves suffered a direct hit and 48 were killed.

Carver estimates those calves weighed up to 160 pounds. He says he's thankful he and his employees weren't out feeding the calves when the twister hit.

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