Tornado’s Direct Hit on Small Town in South Dakota Confirmed; Buildings Damaged, but No Injuries

A tornado and surrounding damage in Wessington Springs, S.D. on June 18.
A tornado and surrounding damage in Wessington Springs, S.D. on June 18.

The National Weather Service says a confirmed tornado has directly hit a small town in Jerauld County, S.D.

Warning coordination meteorologist Todd Heitkamp says law enforcement in Wessington Springs reported the tornado went right “through the heart of town.” It hit just before 8 p.m.

Heitkamp says homes and businesses have been damaged but no injuries have been reported. He says law enforcement officials are doing house-to-house checks in the town.

Confirmed tornadoes also touched down nearby outside the towns of Woonsocket and Alpena. Heitkamp says the extent of damages there was not immediately known.

Wessington Springs is about 125 miles northwest of Sioux Falls.

Heitkamp says the chance of severe weather and tornadic activity will continue in east, central and southeast South Dakota through 10 or 11 p.m.

SOURCE: The Associated Press

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