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Farnam Street neighborhood reacts to storm

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- A state of emergency is in effect in La Crosse.

One area hit hard by the storm is the neighborhood around 26th and Farnam streets.

"We always say a tornado never hits La Crosse," John Honeck says.

The storm came, and in minutes, left. In its path, damage folks living there had never seen.

In more than 40 years, John Honeck never stepped outside to this.

"I put a jacket on, and I came and seen the roof was gone," Honeck says.

John took shelter in his basement with family and grandchildren when the storm came through the Farnam Street neighborhood.

"Some real loud cracks and sounds, water coming through the house," John says.

Winds ripped parts of John's roof right off. Gusts swept decade-old trees onto streets and into houses.

Charlotte Duresky watched as one of those trees in her own yard came crashing down on her home.

"Everything was blowing. I couldn't believe it when I saw the tree come down," Duresky says.

On the heels of the storm, blue sky and no injuries.

"Somebody came and knocked on the door right away to see if I was okay. I'm still shaken," Charlotte says.

"It was scary. Once every 40 years is enough," John says.

And the cleanup begins.

John's front windows had broken to pieces. He says he found items in his home, even a picture frame, that crashed in from the outside.

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