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BREAKING: Confirmed tornado causes significant damage in Sioux Falls

AccuWeather logo AccuWeather 6 days ago Kyle Elliott

Residents in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, were ravaged by extensive damage from a tornado that tore through the city on Tuesday night.

A tornado warning was issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) shortly after 11 p.m. CDT Tuesday evening for Sioux Falls and surrounding areas, and the warning remained in effect until midnight. The NWS warned that wind gusts of at least 90 mph were possible with the storm and urged residents to take cover.

Shortly after the storms tore through the area, there were numerous reports and photos of extensive damage to trees, cars, homes and businesses around the city.

In addition, a South Dakota hospital, Avera Behavioral Health Center, was evacuated after suffering damage from the storm. As of early Wednesday morning, there have not yet been any reports of casualties, according to CNN news.

The Sioux Falls Police Department issued a "No Travel Advisory" in the wake of the storms due to numerous downed power lines and trees covering roadways in southeastern parts of the city.

Motorists were urged to remain off roadways until emergency management crews cleaned up the debris.

Many residents across Sioux Falls lost power as a consequence of the storms, and nearly 10,000 customers remain without power as of early Wednesday morning, according to poweroutages.us.

Although the threat for severe weather has ended in southeastern South Dakota with the storms having moved into Iowa, flash flood warnings remain in effect into Wednesday afternoon following several inches of rain from Tuesday night's storms.

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