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KARE 11's Julie Nelson among those caught up in Polk County disaster

Her dock was among those that took major damage.

Among those caught up in the severe weather event that hit Wisconsin on Friday was KARE 11's Julie Nelson.

The news anchor was at her cabin on Balsam Lake, Polk County, which was battered by winds in excess of 84 mph, along with hail and heavy rain.

The 3-second clip Nelson posted on Saturday morning shows the wind bringing a tree down onto her dock, and a second video shows the aftermath.

In wider Polk County, a disaster has been declared following the Friday evening storm.

Cities in the path of the storm included Cushing, Frederic, Luck, Milltown, Centuria, Balsam Lake, Clayton and Turtle Lake.

"Our County sustained damage to buildings, power lines, property, and trees," said a Polk County news release on Saturday morning, noting that there was flash flooding and almost 7,000 without power in the wake of the storm.

The disaster declaration will allow the county to seek disaster funding if "recovery costs exceed established thresholds."

Here's some more pictures of the damage at Balsam Lake, and some video of the damage further east in Comstock.

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