Cleanup Underway after Tornadoes and 100 mph Winds Hit Sioux Falls

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11 Sep 2019 12:46 PM
[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. https://twitter.com/CitySiouxFalls/status/1171799318971465728 https://twitter.com/WeatherNation/status/1171792485384740864 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. https://twitter.com/i/status/1171826538305556482 https://twitter.com/ToddHeitkamp/status/1171860725607936000 [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. https://twitter.com/NWSSiouxFalls/status/1171864741729300480 https://twitter.com/Jill_KSFY/status/1171760737016078336 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. https://twitter.com/NWSSiouxFalls/status/1171641542458695686 https://twitter.com/shawncable/status/1171642309152333826 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 https://twitter.com/NWSSiouxFalls/status/1171865006033391616 https://twitter.com/ksfynews/status/1171781449609072640 https://twitter.com/paultenhaken/status/1171685641832280064 Stay tuned to WeatherNation on-air and online for updates. For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels
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