Three Tornadoes Strike Sioux Falls, South Dakota

 Thursday, September 12, 2019


National Weather Service in Sioux Falls confirmed three EF-2 tornadoes touched down during a round of severe weather Tuesday night that prompted an emergency declaration in the City of Sioux Falls.

The Western Mall, along 41st Street, the Avera Heart Hospital campus and a southeastern Sioux Falls neighborhood saw significant damage following Tuesday’s night storms, National Weather Service said Wednesday.

The first tornado, with wind speeds of 125 mph, was confirmed in the area of West 41st Street at 11:28 p.m.

It was only on the ground for one minute, uprooting trees and damaging several buildings including damage to the Plaza 41 shopping center. Best Buy and Advanced Auto Parts also saw heavy damage.

A second tornado touched down at 11:24 p.m. near the Avera Heart Hospital Campus. The National Weather Service said eight people were injured and winds speeds reached 130 mph.