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UPDATE: 3 tornadoes reported in Belmond area


BELMOND, Minn. (KTTC) -- The residents of Belmond began cleaning up after Wednesday night's three tornadoes nearly missed the city.  No injuries were reported, but six structures suffered significant damage just north of Belmond on Highway 69. 

Belmond resident Delores Sturm was at her home when the tornado struck just a few yards away. 

"All of a sudden I seen debris flying by the door and then I heard a crash," Sturm said.  Sturm's home was left virtually unscathed, but a house across the street was leveled.  The house was unoccupied at the time.

"I just thank God no one was in it," Sturm said.  "It was an empty house.  It can be replaced, people can't."

A local agricultural business was nothing more than a pile of twisted metal.  Cattleman's Steaks & Provisions, a local eatery, was partially destroyed.

"We're keeping Highway 69 north of Belmond closed just so the power companies can get power restored to the city of Goodell and keep it safe for everyone right now," said Jeremy Hogrefe, chief deputy with the Wright County Sheriff's Office.

According to the Wright County Sheriff's Office, there were many downed power lines and trees across the city of Belmond. 

The National Weather Service surveyed the damage Thursday and declared there were three separate tornadoes in the Belmond area Wednesday night -- the most powerful was the one that hit the two homes and Cattleman's Steaks and Provisions. The twister's peak wind was estimated at 155 miles an hour.

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