NWS: Tornado count from Memorial Day storms rises to seven

June 3, 2022
Mike Tanner

ABERDEEN, S.D.–The National Weather Service in Aberdeen has released a more detailed report of the storm damage that occurred in northeast South Dakota and west central Minnesota on Memorial Day.

Meterologist Kelly Serr says a strong low pressure system tracked from Nebraska northward into eastern South Dakota during the morning and afternoon on Memorial Day.

An intense line of severe thunderstorms developed across eastern South Dakota in response, and then tracked northeast into western Minnesota.

In addition to damaging straight-line winds and large hail, several fast-moving and/or rain-wrapped tornadoes were produced. The strongest tornado was rated an EF-3 in Deuel County with an estimated peak wind speed of 140 mph.

A total of seven tornadoes have been confirmed in Deuel, Grant, Hamlin and Big Stone counties.

For a full summary on the tornado damage, click here: https://www.weather.gov/abr/ReviewMay302022