Storm damages warehouses at cotton-storage facility in Eloy

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
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ELOY, Ariz. -- Several large warehouses at a cotton-storage facility in Eloy were damaged by a storm Monday night.

Four of six warehouses at STS Land Holding received significant damage, according to owner Clint Randall. Each is a 30 percent to 50 percent loss. He said the other two buildings are marginally usable.

He said a manager who lives on site did not hear a thing. The alarm company called because alarms at the facility were going off at 10:30 p.m.

Randall said he was able to survey the damage Tuesday morning.

"The back half of a 70,000-square-foot building is just gone," he said.

Randall said a microburst hit the area two years ago, but the damage to the buildings was not as bad.

The buildings have been there since 1952 and numerous farmers store their cotton at the facility.

Randall said it's the end of the season so there isn't a lot of cotton in the warehouses, but cotton will start arriving there in November.

"Once the cotton's picked and has gone through the gin it's shipped here so we gotta be up and running by then," he said.

Randall said they will work to stabilize parts of the buildings that could fall.

"It will be really bad if we get any more wind because it will continue to fall," he said.

The facility is located in the same area as where a train derailed Monday night.

"I'm straight north along the same railroad tracks," Randall said.

The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning in the area late Monday evening.

Editor's note: This originally was reported as being in Casa Grande. The facility is actually in Eloy.