Digging Out

2013.07.02 - Windsor, CT - Surrounded by damaged tobacco plants, Thrall Farm worker Angel Cartejena repairs damage done by Monday's tornado. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.02 – Windsor, CT – Surrounded by damaged tobacco plants, Thrall Farm worker Angel Cartejena repairs damage done by Monday’s tornado. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

By CHLOE MILLER and CHRISTINE DEMPSEY

WINDSOR — When a small tornado tore through OJ Thrall’s tobacco fields in Windsor on Monday afternoon, the fragile leaves were within a week of being harvested.

Shade nets were torn away from nearly 20 percent of the crop — about 40 acres’ worth — and strewn across the landscape, some as far as 2 miles away.

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