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Straight line winds damage house in Homer

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HOMER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Cleanup is underway after storms in our region caused quite a mess in the Mississippi Valley near Winona. Meteorologists believe it's the work of powerful straight line winds.

"I noticed that the flagpoles were bending over pretty good, and trees the same, and started paying a little more attention to things," said Pickwick Volunteer Fire Department Chief Adam Zimmerman. 

The most damage could be seen along streets in Homer, where strong winds uprooted or snapped trees on Winona County Road 15. Electrical crews were on scene Monday morning restoring power after several poles went down in the storm.

Zimmerman said the damage stretched five miles from Pickwick to Homer.

"Homeowners have been out with their chainsaws and rakes cleaning things up," said Zimmerman. 

The most extensive damage was to a home on Homer Road, where a huge tree snapped and landed right on the roof, bringing down power lines, causing structural damage, and creating a scary situation. Zimmerman said power lines were down, but gas lines had possibly ruptured as well. The tenants had to be evacuated to a safe area.

A tree removal company assessed the damage Monday afternoon, which they say, could take days to clean up.

"It was just such a surprise. It came up so quick and it left almost as fast," said Zimmerman.

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