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To say it was a bit windy the morning of July 4th is an understatement for a Hermantown, Minnesota, family.

A very small area of intense winds, called a microburst, took down numerous trees at the family's home at about 9:30 am July 4th. The National Weather Service estimates that the winds were in the 80 to 90 mile an hour range. There was very little damage outside of the property, which is estimated to be about 50 yards wide and 100 yards deep.

The family home's roof was damaged by falling trees and the wind. The family and their dogs were in the home when the storm hit. They sheltered in the basement. The homeowner said there was very little rain and no thunder before, during and after the winds hit. 

The wind damage area is only 3 miles west-southwest of the National Weather Service office and the airport. The wind sensor at the Duluth airport reported a peak wind of 34 mph.

Many of the trees that lined this road in Hermantown are gone after a morning Forth of July storm blew through.
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