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Storm uproots trees, damages homes in Edgar

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Posted By:  Camila Orti

The town of Edgar, Neb. is picking up the pieces after Thursday night's storm leaves a trail of destruction.

Residents and crews are doing what they can to clear the uprooted trees and downed power lines, a task that may take a week or two.

Homeowner Brett Lahndorf says it was one of the worst storms he's ever seen, one that tossed a full-sized tree onto his house.

"We felt it hit the house, kind of rocked the back porch, our bedroom is up on that back corner," Lahndorf said.

Thursday night's severe thunderstorm brought 90 mph straight winds, 3/4-inch chunks of hail and heavy rain to the town of 600.

"I haven't been home yet," Mayor Brad Brennfoerder said.

Luckily nobody was hurt, but Brennfoerder said the storm slammed trees into seven houses and totaled four cars on top of downing power lines and poles all over town.

This is the second time in less than two months that Edgar has been torn apart by storms. The first, a tornado in May, caused similar damage.

"This is normal to us right now, hopefully by the middle of next week we've got everything picked back up again, and back at it," Brennfoerder said.

Lahndorf thinks this storm topped the tornado.

"I would say that the tornado was bad, but I'm thinking from what I've seen today, that the what they call straight winds was worse this time than what the tornado was," Lahndorf said.

The Mayor Brennfoerder says power should be restored to nearly all the homes in town by Friday night.

To assist the community, Red Cross staff provided water and food to the residents that needed it.

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