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Lake Poinsett resident recounts storm damage

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Thousands spent this Sunday cleaning up from the deadly storms that rocked eastern South Dakota.

At Lake Poinsett, several homes were leveled and family members are mourning the loss of  63-year-old Deborah Kay Larson who died as she took shelter in her mobile home.

In 26 years, Merritt Warren has seen his share of storms at Lake Poinsett but he's never seen the wind cause so much damage.

"It's more sorrow for the lady that lost her life. Our neighbor that was killed. That was the worst thing. The rest is just property," Warren said.

The storm which struck this close-knit vacation community, hit hard both physically and emotionally.

The powerful winds knocked a mobile home down to the ground and killed a 63-year-old woman who took shelter inside during the storm.

"Everybody knows each other. It's just real sad. You just forget how powerful the wind can be," Warren said.

"One friend that lived next door said he's known her for 30 years, so he was pretty broken up," Warren added.

Lake Poinsett can be a peaceful place to enjoy a quiet summer day, but on Friday that wasn't the case.

"We were hiding in an inside closet. Four of us crammed into a little closet and the cabin was shaking. It was just unbelievably noisy," Warren said.

And as noisy as it was, Merritt says they couldn't hear the destruction taking place outside, only the sound of the storm itself.

"There was no way to hear anything but the roar. They describe it as a freight train. I've heard that. It was just a constant roar, so it was very frightening," Warren said.

Once they emerged from the safety of their cabin, they could see the damage behind the roar.

"It's sad to see all the trees down and a lot of shore destruction, boats and things, but the real tragedy is her loss," Warren said.

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