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Duanesburg man loses barn in Thursday’s tornado


DUANESBURG, N.Y.—As clean up continues in Duanesburg, one man who found himself trapped in a hay loft as the tornado shredded his farm tells his story.

Although no one was seriously injured or killed, one man was inches away from death.

Steve Guernsey, the owner of a farm in Duanesburg lost almost all of his farm in the tornado.

“We’ve had wind and stuff but never like yesterday,” said Guernsey.

Steve was two stories off the ground in his barn feeding his cats when the tornado rolled through.

"Because I didn't figure I should come back down figuring it was so windy, I just figured id ride out and see what happened,” said Guernsey.

His friend was caught feeding cattle when the tornado approached.

"He was laying right down in here, he said if the tub didn't have water in it he was going to flip it over and get underneath it,” said Guernsey.

Both men escaped uninjured, but the farm was destroyed.

The property across the street from Steve was also heavily damaged. A garage was torn apart and tangled in a tree.

"It was amazing how the windows were just blown out of her house and then the garage collapsed over there,” said Guernsey.

While in the midst of cleaning up all the damage, Steve now has to decide if he will be able to repair or give up raising cattle, something he’s done for 40 years.

"Come winter, I'll have to make a decision whether to keep going of just maybe sell them all off," said Guernsey.

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