PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A day after tornadoes raked across portions of central and eastern South Dakota, Thursday brought the threat of more to some areas west of the river. In addition to Wednesday’s tornado in Wessington Springs, the National Weather Service says a tornado touched down Wednesday about four miles east of Stephan in Hyde County and a second tornado was confirmed in Buffalo County. Yesterday, storm watchers kept an eye on the sky in Haakon and Stanley Counties, as severe weather began to pop up in those locations Thursday afternoon. Hughes/Stanley County Emergency Manager Rob Fines says some funnel clouds were noted in parts of Stanley County about mid-afternoon yesterday. In addition, he says hail and gusty winds occurred.
Fines says there was a tornado on the ground for a brief period in Haakon County. The National Weather Service hail was reported in two different locations southwest of Mission Ridge. Fines says weather spotters joined him in watching the storms, along with officials with the South Dakota Highway Patrol, and Hughes and Stanley County Sheriff’s Departments. The Weather Service also tracked storms in Sully, Potter, and Hyde Counties-among others-which brought hail and thunderstorm wind gusts.
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