No known fatalities or injuries after tornado, straight-line winds hit Sioux Falls

No known fatalities or injuries after tornado, straight-line winds hit Sioux Falls

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No known fatalities or injuries after tornado, straight-line winds hit Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A tornado moving through southeast South Dakota tore through Sioux Falls late Tuesday night, leaving a trail of damaged buildings, power lines and tress in its wake. Thirty-seven structures collapsed or have structural integrity issues …
No known fatalities or injuries after tornado, straight-line winds hit Sioux Falls

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Probable tornado, strong winds hit Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Sioux Falls Argus Leader
Published 7:29 a.m. ET Sept. 11, 2019 | Updated 11:29 a.m. ET Sept. 11, 2019CLOSE

Buildings were damaged and was cut out to southern Sioux Falls as a tornado went through the city on Tuesday night.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Strong winds moving through southeast South Dakota tore through Sioux Falls late Tuesday night, , power lines and tress in its wake. 

Winds greater than 100 mph caused widespread damage throughout southern Sioux Falls, said Todd Heitkamp, head meteorologist at National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. There were a few reports of injuries, but there were not any reported fatalities or serious injuries because of the storm, Mayor Paul TenHaken said. 

Fire Chief Brad Goodroad said 37 structures had collapsed or had structural integrity issues because of the storm damage.

A tornado warning was issued for Sioux Falls at 11:27 p.m. CT, Heitkamp said. NWS started to receive first confirmation calls of a tornado in south Sioux Falls at 10:38 p.m., he said.

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A damage survey will be conducted Wednesday, which will confirm whether a tornado caused the damage, will help determine how many tornadoes touched down and how strong the system was going through Sioux Falls. The suspected twister would be the first in Sioux Falls since 1989.

The majority of damage probably was caused by strong straight-line winds, Heitkamp said.

Sioux Falls, with an estimated population of 187,200, is about 240 miles southwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A tornado moving through the south section of Sioux Falls late at night when it’s dark is a “nightmare scenario” for Heitkamp. But each of the National Weather Service’s alert systems worked, he said.

“This just shows you that the people of Sioux Falls, the people around the area, need to have multiple methods to get information,” he said.

, which only sounded sirens in the southwest part of the city.

An early no travel advisory was lifted about 8 a.m. Sioux Falls schools opened after a two-hour delay because of downed power lines throughout town, . 

According to Eric Paulie, a representative with Xcel Energy, as many as 25,000 customers were without power at one point because of the damage. About 7,600 customers were still without power as of 6:30 a.m. CT, with more than 200 outages reported. 

Damage reports were preliminary, but the NWS could confirm that some damage was caused by the storm system moving through Sioux Falls.

It moved into Minnesota and Iowa, moving at 40 mph.

Crews responded to a handful of structure collapses and torn off roofs in Sioux Falls — some of them have been rescues for people trapped under the structural collapses. Downed powerlines and trees was preventing emergency responder traffic in much of south Sioux Falls, according to scanner traffic overnight.

Businesses in southern Sioux Falls damaged

The storm ripped off part of the Avera Behavioral Health Hospital’s roof and caused significant damage to the building’s windows, said Avera spokeswoman Michelle Pellman.

“Seven Behavioral Health patients have been transferred to the Avera Heart Hospital,” Pellman said. “Only one patient suffered an injury and it was non-life threatening.”

The Avera Heart Hospital also experienced damage to its lobby and windows, but all patients are safe, Pellman said. She said people should stay away from the area because of flooding and debris concerns.

Several businesses were damaged as well, including a wall collapse at an Advanced Auto Parts.

Lincoln County Emergency Manager Harold Timmerman said he is not aware of any significant storm damage outside of Sioux Falls city limits, but further assessments would be done. Timmerman, the Minnehaha County emergency manager and the Sioux Falls emergency manager were all out of town during the storm. 

Contributing: Michael Klinski, (Sioux Falls, S.D.) Argus Leader; The Associated Press. Follow Katie Nelson and Makenzie Huber on Twitter: and

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