Blaring winds blew through South Dakota during the wee hours of Wednesday morning. In fact a South Dakota Department of Transportation site reported a 115 mile per hour wind gust around 3 a.m. local time!
Unfortunately the excessive winds were the result of at least three injuries at a campsite. According to the National Weather Service office in Sioux Falls, SD meteorologists at the office received reports of trees falling on tents at the Snake Creek Recreation Area, resulting in three injuries. This location sits just west of Platte, SD.
Severe thunderstorms raced across the state through sunrise Wednesday, offering stunning images for folks starting their ‘Hump Day.’
Even 12 hours later (as of this writing) the severe thunderstorms were still sweeping through the Mississippi River Valley. For the rest of Wednesday’s daylight hours we can expect strong to locally severe thunderstorms in parts of Missouri, Illinois and locations near the Ohio River Valley.
The storms should dissipate late Wednesday night.
This event provides an example that severe weather can (generally) strike at any time in any location. If you’re camping, know the forecast ahead of time. If there’s a risk of severe weather, bring a battery-powered NOAA weather radio which will alert you when severe storms are moving your way.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier