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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

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.

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

Apparent tornado damages several buildings in Sioux Falls , SD. SIOUX FALLS , S.D. (KSFY/Gray News) - Authorities said a strong storm didn’t appear to result any deaths or serious injuries, but it did leave He said one confirmed tornado touched down, though he said it is possible more than one hit .

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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.

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.

A tornado ripped through Sioux Falls in South Dakota on the night of Tuesday, September 10, leaving what local authorities determined was significant damage in its wake . According to local reports , the tornado brought winds of over 100 miles per hour, causing structural damage to some buildings

A tornado warning was issued for Sioux Falls at 11:27 p.m., said Todd Heitkamp, lead meteorologist at NWS Sioux Falls . NWS started to receive first confirmation calls of a tornado in south The Avera Heart Hospital lobby is covered in glass and debris after a tornado hit Sioux Falls on Tuesday night.

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."

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.

A tornado ripped through Sioux Falls in South Dakota on the night of Tuesday, September 10, leaving what local authorities determined was significant damage in its wake . According to local reports , the tornado brought winds of over 100 miles per hour, causing structural damage to some buildings

The Sioux Falls Police Department and Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken is asking the public to stay at home or wherever they are. The National Weather Service said a spotter visually confirmed a tornado in Sioux Falls . Damage assessors will determine if any others touched down later

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.

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Sioux Falls schools delayed classes Wednesday as crews worked to clear debris, and city officials in Sioux Falls urged people Other damaged businesses included an Advanced Auto Parts store where a wall collapsed. Kohl’s and Best Buy lost part of their roofs and Pizza Ranch suffered heavy damage.

The Sioux Falls Police Department and Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken is asking the public to stay at home or wherever they are. The National Weather Service said a spotter visually confirmed a tornado in Sioux Falls . Damage assessors will determine if any others touched down later

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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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