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USFirst tornadoes in 18 years hit Sioux Falls, leaving destruction in their wake

00:00  12 september  2019
00:00  12 september  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Powerful tornadoes left a trail of destruction in Sioux Falls , South Dakota, toppling trees, knocking out power to thousands and seriously damaging both area hospitals. The three EF-2 tornadoes confirmed to have touched down in Sioux Falls are the first there since June 2001.

SIOUX FALLS , S.D. – Strong winds moving through southeast South Dakota tore through Sioux Falls late Tuesday night, leaving a trail of damaged NWS started to receive first confirmation calls of a tornado in south Sioux Falls at 10:38 p.m., he said. Tornadoes in hurricane: Dorian is cranking up.

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Several powerful tornadoes have left a trail of destruction in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, toppling trees, knocking out power to thousands and seriously damaging both area hospitals, officials said.

No deaths or serious injuries were reported after the overnight twisters, Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken said Wednesday. Thirty-seven structures collapsed or have major integrity issues, according to officials.

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Three tornadoes that hit Sioux Falls , South Dakota on Tuesday, have left residents reeling. In its wake , extensive damage from the twister has left an Advanced Auto Parts store in shambles and also caused severe damage to the Avera Heart Hospital. On Wednesday, the National Weather Service

Three tornadoes tore through Sioux Falls , downing powerlines and causing multiple structural collapses in the area, according to scanner traffic. Three tornadoes touched down leaving a path of destruction in Sioux Falls on Tuesday, Sept. 18 of 150.

Three EF-2 tornadoes were confirmed to have touched down in Sioux Falls -- the first confirmed tornadoes in the city since June 2001.

The Avera Behavioral Health Hospital, one of the damaged hospitals, said all patients were safe and some were moved to other facilities, according to a hospital spokesperson. Several people there suffered minor injuries from the roof collapsing, said the hospital's president and CEO, David Flicek.

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With so much debris on the roads, a "No Travel Advisory" was issued in the city. The advisory was lifted at 8 a.m. Wednesday but police urged drivers to use caution "as there may be areas still impacted, unreported downed power lines, tree debris, or other road hazards."

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First tornadoes in 18 years hit Sioux Falls, leaving destruction in their wake
First tornadoes in 18 years hit Sioux Falls, leaving destruction in their wake
First tornadoes in 18 years hit Sioux Falls, leaving destruction in their wake
First tornadoes in 18 years hit Sioux Falls, leaving destruction in their wake
First tornadoes in 18 years hit Sioux Falls, leaving destruction in their wake
First tornadoes in 18 years hit Sioux Falls, leaving destruction in their wake
First tornadoes in 18 years hit Sioux Falls, leaving destruction in their wake
First tornadoes in 18 years hit Sioux Falls, leaving destruction in their wake
First tornadoes in 18 years hit Sioux Falls, leaving destruction in their wake
Four tornadoes were reported in South Dakota -- three of which have been confirmed -- and seven were reported in Wyoming as severe weather struck the region Tuesday night.

Julie Mericle "was laying in bed watching TV and it sounded like a freight train over the house," she told Sioux Falls ABC affiliate KSFY.

Tornado causes 'significant damage' in Sioux Falls

Tornado causes 'significant damage' in Sioux Falls No injuries had been reported, but homes and businesses in the area had been damaged, officials said.

Three tornadoes touched down leaving a path of destruction in Sioux Falls on Tuesday, Sept. Lynn Boyd recovers after a devastating tornado hit Sioux Falls yesterday on Wednesday, Sept. Boyd woke up to the sound of her phone notifying her of a flash flood warning and she immediately

The Sioux Falls School District will have a two-hour late start today because of a tornado that Crews work to clean the destruction left by a devastating tornado in Sioux Falls on Wednesday, Sept. The Avera Heart Hospital lobby is covered in glass and debris after a tornado hit Sioux Falls on

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"So I got up, dashed into my closet and it felt like the roof was going to come off," Mericle said, adding that a tree fell on her house.

The tornado warnings began at 11:00 p.m. CST, officials said. Only some of the sirens in town were activated, which the mayor attributed to human error.

And the threat is not over. On Wednesday night, severe thunderstorms are possible from Wyoming to Michigan -- including Sioux Falls.

The main threats will be strong wind gusts and large hail. A few tornadoes are also possible, particularly in western Nebraska.

Stronger, slow-moving thunderstorms can bring torrential rain which could trigger flash flooding. Flash flood watches are in effect from Nebraska to Sioux Falls to southwestern Minnesota.

ABC News' Will Gretsky and Ahmad Hemingway contributed to this report.

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