A tornado touched down in Hillsborough on Friday afternoon, one of a string of similar storms across the area.
The National Weather Service reported that a significant portion of the damage was concentrated near the intersection of Old N.C. 86 and Interstate 40, about 10 miles south of Hillsborough.
“We've got a lot of cleanup to do and a lot of fencing to build, and it's coming right in the spring season where we have a lot of farming and tending the fields and whatnot,” said Roger Nutter, manager and co-founder of Maple View Farm Milk Company in Hillsborough.
Nutter said the tornado totally destroyed two barns, with one more in danger of falling. Additionally, one cow died, and uprooted trees toppled many of the farm’s fences, leaving pastures unusable and forcing Nutter to move 125 cows to other locations.
“(It was) scary to see all the devastation and what a tornado does,” Nutter said. “You've always seen it before, but it's always looking at somebody else's mess and it's just a lot different when it's your own.”