[Storm damage in Sioux Falls, SD. Drone video from the City of Sioux Falls
Strong wind gusts and possibly multiple tornado touchdowns hit Sioux Falls, South Dakota late Tuesday night. Mayor Paul TenHaken said in a morning press conference that damage was extensive, but no major injuries or deaths have been reported.
The National Weather Service is conducting a damage survey that so far concluded there were three EF-2 tornado touchdowns, with winds of 125 to 130 mph Paths ranged from .63 to .9 of a mile. Each touchdown was on the ground for around a minute and created a damage path of 50 to 75 yards. Todd Heitkamp, Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service office in Sioux Falls, stated that wind gusts were higher than 100 mph and they will continue to survey the area to confirm if there were any other tornadoes within this line.
[Map of reported damage in Sioux Falls, SD. From City of Sioux Falls
At least 37 structures reported significant structural damage or have collapsed. Xcel Energy reported a peak of 25,000 without power, with that number under 7,000 as of late Wednesday morning.
A Tornado Warning was issued for Sioux Falls at 11:27 p.m. The National Weather Service received the first confirmation of a tornado in southern areas of Sioux Falls at 11:38 p.m.
Along with damaged buildings, power lines were downed across the city and trees uprooted. The last time a tornado hit Sioux Falls was July of 1989. More specific information from city officials can be found at https://siouxfalls.org/storm
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