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Belmond woman counts her blessings after tornado spins over house

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Massive clean-up efforts have been underway in Wright County after Wednesday's round of severe storms. Massive clean-up efforts have been underway in Wright County after Wednesday's round of severe storms.
Delores Sturm talks to KWWL's Shelley Russell. Sturm said she's lucky to be alive. Delores Sturm talks to KWWL's Shelley Russell. Sturm said she's lucky to be alive.
Debris, trees and power lines were scattered all over Delores Sturm's lawn after Wednesday's tornado. Debris, trees and power lines were scattered all over Delores Sturm's lawn after Wednesday's tornado.
Debris and power lines were scattered all over the north end of Belmond after Wednesday's tornado. Debris and power lines were scattered all over the north end of Belmond after Wednesday's tornado.
BELMOND (KWWL) -

Massive clean-up efforts have been underway in Wright County after Wednesday's round of severe storms.

Delores Sturm has lived in her home just north of Belmond for more than 30-years.

"I thank the good Lord that I'm still here!" she said.

Sturm said the worst destruction from Wednesday's tornado was just across the street at nearby Cattleman's restaurant.

But debris and power lines were scattered all over Sturm's lawn on Thursday.

"The cushion, I have no idea where it came from," she said as she pointed out debris. Sturm said she believed a lot of the debris flew in from nearby Howard Enterprises.

Jeff Johnson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines, said at least one tornado spun through Belmond on Wednesday.

Storm damage assessments took place nearly all day on Thursday.

Johnson said his goal was to evaluate the damage and figure out how strong the tornado was, and exactly what path the tornado took.

"Fortunately, no one was hurt," he said.

Sturm agreed.

"Just as long as I'm still here, that's what matters to me," she said.

Sturm lived through the last major tornado in Belmond which happened in 1966.

The Wright County Sheriff's Office said that tornado destroyed almost the entire downtown district.

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