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South Dakota Storm Summary Confirms 12 Tornadoes

Last week a storm that raced from northern Nebraska and Iowa through eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota left a path of destruction from down trees and power lines to structural damage and the loss of life. Two people died during the May 12 storm.

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The National Weather Service in Aberdeen issued a final report concluding that a total of 12 tornadoes have been confirmed.



Mike Tanner reports that an EF-2 tornado with peak winds estimated at 135 miles per hour dropped down a mile south of Gary, where a farmhouse lost its roof, along with most of the exterior walls on the main floor of the home.

Below is a list of other confirmed tornadoes:

City of Castlewood (EF-2, 120 mph peak winds)
Six miles west-northwest of Rayville (EF-1, 110 mph peak winds)
Five miles east of Dumont, Minnesota (EF-1, 100 mph peak winds)
Four miles SW of Norcross, Minnesota (EF-0, 80 mph peak winds)
One mile east-southeast of Turnerville (EF-1, 100 mph peak winds)
Seven miles south of Webster (EF-1, 100 mph peak winds)
Four miles west-southwest of Thomas (EF-1, 95 mph peak winds)
Three miles east-southeast of Estelline (EF-2, 120 mph peak winds)
Three miles north of Garden City (EF-1, 97 mph peak winds)
Four miles north-northwest of Naples (EF-0, 80 mph peak winds)
Five miles north-northeast of Raymond (EF-0, 80 mph peak winds)

Source: Mike Tanner


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