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Another night, another big tornado strikes the upper Midwest

19 Jun 2014, 5:36 am

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Tornado in Lane, SD via StormchaserQ on Twitter.

It’s been one of those busy tornado weeks, and we could be seeing more severe weather once again in the upper Midwest by the time we reach the weekend.


Tonight it’s Wessington Springs, South Dakota that appears to have taken a direct and brutal blow from a tornado. Pictures and videos of devastation in the small town flooded social media this evening. A hundred National Guard troops were deployed to help with recovery efforts in Wessington Springs, and BuzzFeed reported that one person was taken to a local hospital with injuries.


On WeatherNation, I had the chance to speak with storm chaser Jason Cooley, who told me on-air that casualties didn’t appear to be an issue, either, although several structures were damaged as a result of the tornado. The damage appeared to be concentrated on the northeast side of the town of about 900 people.


It’s been an active tornado week – we’ll end up with likely well over 100 tornado reports this week when all is said and done – and 28 occurred today (24 in South Dakota, four in Colorado). But the nasty weather in the upper Midwest should take a hiatus over the next few days – albeit a brief one.


A surface low – our big troublemaker here – is due to scoot to the east slowly the next few days, and as it does so look for improving conditions for later Thursday and more so on Friday. On Saturday we could have more severe weather, although indications right now are that it won’t be as significant as what we’ve seen the last few days. We should see more extended clear weather in Nebraska and South Dakota by the beginning to middle portion of next week.


Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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