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Local towns clean-up after storms rip through Winnebago and Stephenson counties

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Violent storms rip across Winnebago and Stephenson Counties early this morning. 

"A wall of wind hit the house then I see the pine tree topple over and I yelled we've got to go down stairs," Vicki Watson of Lena explains.

Ron and Vicki Watson bolted for their basement when the heard what sounded like a freight train.

10-minutes later they walked out to this.

Their house is untouched, but they say their pole barn is a total loss...

"We were so thankful that the house was still there because when we were going down stairs we thought the house was going to go," Watson explained.

Across town, the Wiborn's said good-bye to their over 150-year old tree

It was uprooted by the storm landing inches away from Ryan Wiborn's window.

"I was shaken. I mean it was inches away from my head, 20 feet more and we all would have been under the tree." Ryan said.  

The Wiborns, like many in town, are working to clean-up and restore the look and feel of their neighborhood.

Across Lena, streets looked a lot like this: wires hanging, and debris scattered.

Village President, Dennis Bergman, says already they are seeing progress in the area.

"We've been overwhelmed with volunteers from in the town and out of town coming together and helping out--it is really appreciated," Bergman said.

Lena village officials say right now they are just trying to clear the streets.

They will start assessing damage in a few days.

Comed says over one fourth of their town is still with out power and the most damaged areas may not see power for days.

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