Saturday, May 28, 2022

Severe storms attributed to 2 deaths in South Dakota, Minnesota

SIOUX FALLS, SD ( Associated Press) — Strong winds and potential tornadoes caused widespread damage in parts of the Midwest, where officials said another round of severe weather during a stormy week killed two more people.

In Minnesota, a grain bin fell on a car on Thursday and killed a passenger near Blomkest, the Kandiohi County Sheriff’s Office said. And one person died Thursday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as a result of severe weather, Mayor Paul Tenhaken said, but details were not released.

Earlier in the week, the storms brought damaging winds, heavy rain and some reports of tornadoes to Minnesota, where a Mexico City storm-chasing meteorologist died on Wednesday. In a car accident – outlining the dangers of severe weather chases. On Friday, more storms were forecast from the upper Great Lakes to the southern Great Plains that could bring destructive winds and hail.

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The National Weather Service said winds moved above 100 mph (161 kph) on Thursday in parts of South Dakota. Due to the damage caused by the storm, Sioux Falls Police have advised people to travel for emergency purposes only.

A portion of the roof of a nursing home in Salem, South Dakota, collapsed on Thursday, causing extensive damage. Emergency management officials said residents of Avantara Nursing Home have been evacuated.

The storm cut power for thousands of customers, including the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings. Only essential employees will be allowed in the premises on Friday.

On Thursday night, South Dakota Gov. Christie Noem stopped in the Hamlin County community of Castlewood, where a potential tornado ripped through the roof of a school and brought down walls.

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Irovin Funge, a student at Castlewood High School, lives across the street from the school. She said the worst of the storm lasted about 30 minutes, Argus Leader informed of.

“Our table flew off our porch. It looked completely black outside,” Fung said.

Uprooted trees, branches and debris were scattered around Castlewood. Power lines were down, including on highways leading to the city.

In Stevens County, Minnesota, winds up to 70 mph (113 kph) tore down grain silos and pushed down storage sheds near Alberta. The Minnesota State Patrol closed eastbound Interstate 94 for several hours Thursday night after trucks blocked the highway.

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