Eastern South Dakota battered by historic storms (Audio)

May 13, 2022

Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–Eastern South Dakota saw widespread storm damage of historical proportions last night.

That assessment from Governor Kristi Noem, who spoke at a news conference in Sioux Falls this morning…

Severe thunderstorms with embedded tornadoes raced across the state at speeds of more than 60 miles per hour.

The governor said this morning the state is, “all in” on storm response…

The storms began Thursday afternoon in southeast South Dakota, where travel became difficult…

Governor Noem’s hometown is Castlewood, where a tornado struck around six last night…

Noem says damage is not limited to cities and towns…

Governor Noem says the South Dakota Department of Public Safety will be communicating with counties on damage to public infrastructure, which could lead to a request for a presidential disaster declaration.

Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken says there was one storm-related fatality in that city, but offered no other details.