Midwest Storms a Reminder for Horse Owner Emergency Preparedness

Severe thunderstorms and tornado activity roared through the north-central Illinois and northwest Indiana corridor Monday night, leaving nearly 550,000 homes and businesses without power. However, it appears that area horses emerged relatively

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Severe thunderstorms and tornado activity roared through the north-central Illinois and northwest Indiana corridor Monday night, leaving nearly 550,000 homes and businesses without power. However, it appears that area horses emerged relatively unscathed.


Meteorologist Ed Shimon of the National Weather Service (NWS) stated, “This storm produced very damaging downburst winds, up to 70-80 mph, across north-central Illinois and into Indiana. The winds pulled down entire trees and even lifted roofs off buildings.”


Shimon confirmed the NWS Central Illinois office received one report of an injured horse near Princeville, Ill., however numerous area veterinary clinics reported no equine mishaps at all.


David Fitzpatrick, DVM, of Fitzpatrick Equine Field Service in Kankakee, Ill., said, “For storms earlier in the year, we did get calls of horses being injured by blown objects, or from running into fences. While this storm was serious, owners are probably now more aware of storm safety

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