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April 29, 2014

Straight-line winds slam into area Sunday

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Robinson encouraged people to sign up for Nixle storm warning service. People can sign up for it at mahaskaready.com.

“We knew about the storm four days ago,” Robinson said. “People should plan ahead.”

Robinson said there there are scattered areas across the county that still did not have power as of early Monday afternoon.

People were cleaning up storm damage all morning Monday.

Dave and Tammy Scholtus were cleaning up downed tree limbs in their yard at 2066 Indian Way Monday morning. Tammy said they and some neighbors began the process of cutting up tree limbs and hauling them away at 9:30 a.m.

“We’ve got five more trees” to clean up, Tammy said.

Dave also said the roof on their home suffered storm damage.

Both Dave and Tammy believe that the winds that hit their home came from several directions.

“We’ve got stuff that was south to north and east to west,” Tammy said.

The damage their property suffered was unprecedented.

“We never had anything like it before and we don’t want it again,” Tammy said.

Their neighbor Jerry Van Zomeren, of 2062 Indian Way, had a porch on his home collapse around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

“I’ve never seen a wind like that before,” Van Zomeren said of Sunday’s storm. Nobody was injured due to the storm, he added.

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com

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