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Residents React To Strong Winds

May 12, 2014, 5:36 PM by Leland Steva

Residents React To Strong Winds
VERMILLION, SD -

A mobile home park in Vermillion is picking up the pieces after a storm tore through town. A branch snapped and landed on the top of a pickup. Adam Hockhausen lives just a few homes down from the fallen branch. The USD Student says Sunday night's storm is something he won't forget.

"Howling winds and thunder that was rattling the whole building. Lots of rain, pouring rain," Adam Hockhausen said.

Considering the damage in his neighborhood, Hockhausen is glad his home is still standing strong.

"We're lucky. We got trees hanging overhead, but it doesn't look like there's anything too bad," Hockhausen said.

It was a similar scene in Hawarden, Iowa. One couple says the strong winds pushed all of their furniture off their deck.

Jesus Rivera, who just finished his senior year in High School, was working at the Downtown Pizza Ranch when the storm hit.

"I was cleaning and then I hear a big boom. It was the door getting sucked in by the wind. We could barely get the door open it was so strong," Rivera said.

Rivera says the power went out at the restaurant, and he went home early from his shift.  Aside from a few broken branches, his home wasn't damaged in the storm either.

In Vermillion, Hockhausen says his family is putting together a plan for the next time the wind starts howling because you never know exactly when and where a storm will hit.

"Still scary. Those big storms come through. Pretty terrifying sometimes," Hockhausen said.

Both towns were hit with an estimated 60 to 70 mile per hour winds Sunday night.

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