(07/01/2012)
12 NOON 7/1/- A major wind storm swept across the region Friday night downing trees and damaging property, causing power outages through the county and most regional counties, with phone service disruptions.

At noon Sunday, there was partial return of power to the county and some phone service had been restored.

The Hur Herald is without phone service and brief updates are being made at another location.

The wind gusted between 70-80 miles an hour for a brief period of time, with trees downed across most highways in the county.

The county's three fire departments responded quickly opening the roads, working most of Friday night, and community members came out with their chain saws.

Some houses received severe roof damage. (Photos will follow when Herald returns to normal operation)

Hundreds of cars lined up at service stations to get gasoline Saturday morning, not only for cars but for electric generators. Some stations ran out of gas, and still do not have gas as of noon Sunday.

The county's only supermarket Foodland was closed Saturday because freezers went down and products thawed, and according to a store emplopyee the store's computer system 'melted down.'

The county's emergency responders have been busy for 24-hours.


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