Storm strikes De Smet

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

 

Tornado sirens went off in De Smet shortly after 3 p.m. June 21.

 

“We hadn’t seen a funnel, but it was so black,” Kingsbury County Emergency Management Director Cindy Bau said.

 

Residents are still cleaning up after the violent storm left trees and branches down all over town and damaged several buildings and vehicles.

 

Storm warnings had been in effect for much of the region and the air felt heavy and muggy all day. It wasn’t a surprise when the sky opened up about 3 p.m. and a heavy rain began to fall.

 

What was surprising was the intensity and severity of the storm. The front moved into the area from the west, downing trees and causing damage to buildings in Huron and Iroquois before hitting De Smet.

 

The National Weather Service measured wind velocity at about 90 mph at Huron Regional Airport. No wind velocity reports were available for De Smet.

 

Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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