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In South Dakota, Minnesota, WGN Radio 720 storms are to blame


SIU-FALLS, SD (AP) – Strong winds and possible tornadoes have caused extensive damage in parts of the Midwest, where officials said another phase of harsh weather during a thunderstorm week killed two more people.

In Minnesota, a grain hopper fell on a car Thursday and killed a passenger near Blomkest, the Candioha County Sheriff’s Office said. And the man died Thursday in Sue Falls, South Dakota, as a result of severe weather, Mayor Paul TenHacken said, but details were not reported.

Earlier this week, storms brought devastating winds, heavy rain and several reports of tornadoes to Minnesota, where a meteorologist from Mexico who was chasing the storm died in a car crash on Wednesday, highlighting the danger of severe weather haunts. More storms are forecast on Friday from the Upper Great Lakes to the southern Great Plains, which could bring devastating winds and hail.

Wind gusts on Thursday in some areas of South Dakota exceeded 100 miles per hour (161 km / h), the National Weather Service said. Due to storm damage, Sioux Falls police advised people to travel only for emergency purposes.

On Thursday, a nursing home in Salem, South Dakota, was severely damaged when part of the roof was torn off. Residents of the Avantara nursing home were evacuated, the Ministry of Emergencies said.

The storm has cut off thousands of customers, including the South Dakota University campus in Brookings. Only the necessary staff will be allowed on campus on Friday.

On Thursday night, South Dakota Gov. Christy Noem stopped at the Hamlin County community in Castlewood, where a possible tornado tore off the school’s roof and knocked down walls.

Castlewood sophomore Erowyn Funge lives across the street from the school. She said the strongest part of the storm lasted about 30 minutes, Argus Leader reported.

“Our table flew off our porch. It looked completely black on the outside, ”Funj said.

Plucked trees, branches and rubbish were scattered around Castlewood. Power lines were cut off, including through highways leading to the city.

In Stevens County, Minnesota, winds approaching 70 miles per hour (113 kilometers per hour) toppled grain bins and toppled shelters near Alberta. A Minnesota state patrol closed Highway 94 to the east for several hours in the evening after overturned trucks blocked the freeway.


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