A tornado and damaging straight-line winds struck Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Tuesday night. Southern sections of the city have been hardest hit. Sioux Falls Police issued a no travel advisory because debris covered many roads in the area.
Several businesses, homes and a hospital were damaged Avera Behavioral Health Hospital had a portion of its roof torn off by the storms, according to the Argus Leader. Seven patients from the hospital were transported to Avera Heart Hospital, spokeswoman Michelle Pellman told the Argus Leader. The National Weather Service says the destructive storms hit about 11:45 p.m.
“Based on early assessments, the area of Sioux Falls that received the great impact from the overnight storm is bordered by 26th Street on the north, 85th Street on the south, Marion Road on the west and Minnesota Avenue on the east,” the Sioux Falls Fire Department tweeted.
The Red Cross opened a shelter for people displaced by the storm. The shelter is located at the Armory on the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds. More than 7,500 Xcel Energy customers in Minnehaha County remained without power as of 5 a.m. The National Weather Service will survey the area to sort out what damage was caused by a tornado and/or straight-line winds. More severe storms and heavy rain could impact the area on Wednesday and Wednesday night before cooler, drier conditions move in on Thursday