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Home ripped from foundation while people in basement

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By Bonnie Shelton

MERRILL (WAOW)--A possible tornado rips through Merrill, damaging homes off of County Road K. "The doors and the paneling started hitting us in the head and we didn't know if we were going to make it," said Don Kopplin.

His home was completely destroyed. Pieces of foundation and siding littered the area around where the home once stood. Kopplin said the storm ripped through and only lasted about a minute.

"I looked up and we could see the blue sky," he said.

Tanner Graap watched the aggressive storm rip through the area. "I only knew it was coming because we saw another person's house up in the air."

He watched as his father's truck was flipped over, trees uprooted and strewn across the road.

He said he heard a hissing sound as the wind and force moved through. Others described a sucking sound as it ripped through structures.

Now, the nightmare of trying to rebuild and replace begins. People said they plan on returning Monday morning to assess the damage and help each other move forward.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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