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Published July 25, 2011, 07:32 PM

Short Storms Hit Parts of Polk County Hard

Residents in northwestern Minnesota are cleaning up after a quick storm went through the area Sunday night. Strong winds and hail went through the area about 8:30 p.m., knocking down trees and damaging buildings.

Residents in northwestern Minnesota are cleaning up after a quick storm went through the area Sunday night.

Strong winds and hail went through the area about 8:30 p.m., knocking down trees and damaging buildings.

"After about thirty seconds, we looked outside and everything was down," Brian Sorenson said.

Thirty seconds to create days of cleanup for the Sorenson family.

"I was looking out, we were out at the front porch like my dad was saying, saw it coming through, watching tree line by tree line disappear under the rain. Then the wind picked up, by the time I got right to the bottom of the basement, it all stopped," Matt Sorenson said.

"We barely got downstairs and got quiet and it was almost to the point where I was like is there a tornado going to hit, like the eye of a hurricane," Brian Sorenson said.

The Sorenson's were celebrating a birthday as the storm rolled in. In a matter of seconds, nearly 20 trees had fallen to the ground.

"I'm sure that these old oak trees, I'm sure were well in excess of 100 years old, the ones that went down, it was kind of sad to see them go," Brian said.

Had the wind been from any other direction, there would have been more damage, including to their home. The family says they're grateful they just have trees to clean up.

"A lot of work, yeah, but I've got a lot of helpers," Brian said.

There was some damage to a few buildings at a farm just west of Fisher. The back of a building was blown in and some grain bins sustained some damage.

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