Two EF-2 Tornadoes Hit Sioux Falls, Tornadoes Reported in Winona As Well

Two EF-2 Tornadoes Hit Sioux Falls, Tornadoes Reported in Winona As Well Click to Enlarge

The National Weather Service is confirming that three tornadoes hit Sioux Falls late Tuesday night.

The weather service confirmed two EF-2 tornadoes with winds of about 125 mph hit a portion of the city and another EF-2 also struck with wind speeds of 130 mph.

Mayor Paul Tenhaken says officials have still received no reports of serious injury from the storm that hit around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. He says the city is fortunate.

Employees scrambled to protect patients in several Avera Health hospitals. David Flicek, the head of Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center, says staff in one building had "10 minutes to wake up 102 residents" and move them to safety.

He says seven people had minor injuries from falling debris.

The National Weather Service is also confirming a tornado touchdown Wednesday morning in a cemetery near Winona. The N-W-S reports the EF-1 twister damaged trees, a building and headstones in Woodlawn Cemetery. The tornado had peak wind speeds of 95 miles per hour. Other trees and power lines were also damaged in the Winona area. There are no reports of injuries from the severe storms.

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