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Windstorm damages Lee Co. horse ranch

A windstorm ripped through a Lee County horse farm Wednesday night. (Source: WALB) A windstorm ripped through a Lee County horse farm Wednesday night. (Source: WALB)
The National Weather Service said winds up to 60 miles per hour hit the Rockin J Ranch. (Source: WALB) The National Weather Service said winds up to 60 miles per hour hit the Rockin J Ranch. (Source: WALB)
"We've got down trees," said Jenkins Horsemanship client Tara Morgan. (Source: WALB) "We've got down trees," said Jenkins Horsemanship client Tara Morgan. (Source: WALB)
LEESBURG, GA (WALB) -

A Lee County family started cleaning up Thursday after a windstorm ripped through their horse farm Wednesday night.

The National Weather Service said winds up to 60 miles per hour hit the Rockin J Ranch on Philema Road in Leesburg.

"We've got down trees," said Jenkins Horsemanship client Tara Morgan. "The beautiful oak tree (is) gone out of our pasture."

Morgan got a call Wednesday night saying she needed to go to the ranch to check on the three horses she boards there.

"My heart was beating 90 to nothing," she said. "I was worried to death about my horses."

"The haybarn, half of it, the top's gone. There's no telling what it'll take to fix that," said Morgan.

Owner Mark Jenkins said Thursday he believes it will cost him at least $4,000 to fix that haybarn.

No animals on the property, including 50 horses, were hurt in the storm.

"It's just by the grace of God that it didn't kill them," said Morgan.

Morgan said she'll miss the oak tree that once sat majestic in her pasture. Now, it's torn to shreds.

"Lots of times, I would just sit under that tree and just kind of watch them," she explained. "I hate that it's gone."

Morgan said she and other clients planned to band together to help the Jenkins family get the farm back on its feet.

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