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Wahpeton-Breckenridge Cleans Up After Severe Storm

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The powerful wind and hail tore up parts of Wahpeton-Breckenridge, ripping the roof off buildings and littering streets with debris.

Crews are hard at work cleaning up.

"It was horrendous," Darral Nordick, Vice President of the Wilkin County Fair, said of the storm that blew through his fairgrounds. "About 60 feet was as far as you could see, and that was with the hail and the rain and the wind coming down."

Talk is spreading as quick as the wind did, many around town are calling it the worst storm of the summer.

"When you hear the storm, I mean everybody sees rain and sees wind, but when you hear it, that is one of the scariest times," Ian Jahnig, who was delivering pizzas at the time, said.

Each had to take cover from the hail.

"I would say we had 25 minutes of just continuous, just continuous," Nordick said.

"It was just rain and wind and the hail looked like it as snowing. All you hear was wind," Jahnig said.

But the winds did the most damage peeling the roof off the Mobile EFX building on Minnesota Avenue.

"All of a sudden it just looked like someone reached down and just lifted it right off," Jahnig said.

Still, most are counting themselves lucky the storm didn't claim more of their town, while crew work into the night to pick up the pieces.

"I mean, you see trees that are moving 15 feet on tops back and forth, and yet, you didn't see that many of them get snapped off. So, we got to watch a lot of it but it wasn't so bad that it couldn't have been worse," Nordick said.

Organizers of the Wilkin County fair say the damage won't stop tomorrow's opening day.

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