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USTornado causes 'significant damage' in Sioux Falls

15:41  11 september  2019
15:41  11 september  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

Sioux Falls tornado: Buildings in South Dakota's biggest city get shredded by an overnight tornado

Sioux Falls tornado: Buildings in South Dakota's biggest city get shredded by an overnight tornado Now city officials are investigating why not all of the city's outdoor warning sirens sounded like they should have. The severe weather that struck South Dakota's largest city spawned at least one tornado, the National Weather Service said. "Obviously we had widespread damage throughout the entire city," said Todd Heitkamp of the weather service's Sioux Falls office. "Most of that damage was a result of probably 100-mph-plus winds. And some of the damage was a little bit more intense, and we're suspecting that was a result of some brief, spin-up tornadoes.

A tornado struck Sioux Falls , South Dakota, late Tuesday, causing “ significant structural damage ” and massive power losses in the city, the mayor and other officials said. Sioux Falls officials asked people not to travel because of downed power lines and trees, and Mayor Paul TenHaken shared a

Storm damage from a tornado in Burke is shown on Aug. 7. Two people were injured in the storm that hit the town on Aug. Storm damage in Burke, South Dakota as seen on Aug. 7. NWS Sioux Falls .

A tornado struck Sioux Falls, South Dakota, late Tuesday, causing “significant structural damage” and massive power losses in the city, the mayor and other officials said.

Tornado causes 'significant damage' in Sioux Falls© Abigail Dollins Damage to a building after a tornado struck Sioux Falls, S.D., on Sept. 10, 2019.

Sioux Falls officials asked people not to travel because of downed power lines and trees, and Mayor Paul TenHaken shared a photo of a devastated auto-parts store along with a tweet stating, “there is significant structural damage like this across our city.”

“Please stay off the roads — there’s a lot of people that either are still on the roads who didn’t get off in time for the storm or are back on to see the damage,” TenHaken said in a video from an emergency operations center.

The Latest: 125-mph tornado confirmed in Sioux Falls

The Latest: 125-mph tornado confirmed in Sioux Falls SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on the severe weather that caused widespread damage in Sioux Falls (all times local): 11:20 a.m. The National Weather Service is confirming that at least one tornado hit the city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, overnight. The weather service confirmed an EF-2 tornado with winds of about 125 mph hit a portion of the city. They were examining a second area where a hospital complex suffered heavy damage to see if that also was a tornado or simply straight-line winds. Mayor Paul TenHaken says officials have still received no reports of deaths or serious injury from the storm that hit around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. He says the city is fortunate.

At least one tornado and severe storms ravaged areas in Linwood, Kansas, and nearby Douglas County, destroying stretches of homes and businesses. At least 12 people were injured in the severe weather, officials said.

Damage was also sustained to Donley Ford, Drug Mar,t and Carton Service, according to the Shelby Police Department. The Police Department lost internet and all radio communications, but was still able to resume operations thanks to their backup generator. The Shelby Police Department has reported

“You need to stay off the roads. There’s severe power outages throughout the city," he said.

The tornado struck around 11:30 p.m. on the south side of Sioux Falls, said National Weather Service Science and Operations Officer Phil Schumacher.

But forecasters won’t know the extent of the damage, the storm’s track or its intensity until assessment teams view the area in the morning, he said.

Schumacher said that officials are aware that homes and businesses had been damaged but had not heard of any injuries being reported.

The Argus Leader newspaper of Sioux Falls reported that the tornado ripped off part of the roof of Avera Heart Hospital, but that staff said there were no reports of injuries there.

The tornado hit as strong thunderstorms moved through. At an airport about six miles from where the twister touched down, a wind gust of 62 mph was reported, but Schumacher said that was from thunderstorms and not from the tornado.

Utility company Xcel Energy said on its website that more than 12,200 customers were without power early Wednesday.

The area faces possible flash flooding due to rain. West of Sioux Falls there had been reports of between 3 to 5 inches of rain early Wednesday, Schumacher said.

“People should really, if they see any roads flooded please just turn around,” he said.

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