Sioux Falls tornado: Social media, Twitter reactions – Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Sioux Falls tornado: Social media, Twitter reactions - Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Tornadoes part of strong storms moving through South Dakota, into SW Minnesota and NW Iowa

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — A severe storm spawned an apparent tornado that left a trail of damage here late Tuesday night, reports CBS Sioux Falls affiliate KELO-TV. There were no initial reports of injuries.

Access to the Avera Heart Hospital was blocked except for doctors, nurses and ambulances. They had to drive through debris to get there.

A tornado tearing through South Dakota’s largest city on Tuesday night knocked down power lines and caused some significant structural damage, according to a report.

The storm prompted police to issue a No Travel advisory in the city, which opened an emergency operations center to coordinate the response to the storm.

As of 2:15 a.m. EDT, Xcel Energys power outage map showed around 20,000 homes and businesses in the dark in the Sioux Falls area.

The tornado also damaged several hospitals on the south side of the city including the Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota and the adjacent Avera Behavioral Health Center. Both facilities sustained structural damage. The tornado blew out the heart hospital's front doors, many windows and the emergency room bay doors, snapping large trees in half and throwing them into cars in the parking lot outside.

KELO sent out numerous crews to chronicle the storms aftermath. One anchor-reporter took photos of the interior of a Tuesday Morning home goods store:

Couldnt even see the building across the street the rain was coming down so hard in SE Sioux Falls #kelowx pic.twitter.com/DVvw3rp70k

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls Police Department is asking people to stay home in Sioux Falls after a line of storms moved through the area late Tuesday night.


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