Destructive tornadoes pummel eastern South Dakota; Castlewood suffers direct hit (Audio)

Photo courtesy Dr. Nick Pillatzke

Mike Tanner

KWAT Radio

WATERTOWN, S.D.–An explosive line of thunderstorms with embedded tornadoes raced across eastern South Dakota last night, leaving behind destructive and widespread damage.

One of the hardest hit communities was Castlewood, where a tornado hit the city around 6 p.m.

Aerial video shot by a drone shows dozens of homes with damage, trees snapped off or uprooted, and power lines down.

Governor Kristi Noem visited Castlewood last night. Here’s what she told local residents…

Megan Mulford is with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen…

Just how many confirmed tornadoes there were last night is to be determined…

You can see videos and photos of last night’s storm damage HERE.