Weekend storms bring heavy rain, strong winds to South Dakota

May 31, 2022
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–It was a stormy Memorial Day across northeast South Dakota.

Severe thunderstorms packing strong winds in excess of 60 miles an hour and heavy rain led to some street flooding (pictured) in Watertown Monday afternoon.

Rainfall amounts of more than two inches were reported in Watertown.

Trained weather spotters reported funnel clouds in the Estelline area a little before 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, work continues today in restoring power to customers following the weekend weather.

Sioux Valley Energy’s outage map shows more than 27,000 members in the dark, 16,000 in Minnehaha County.

Xcel Energy reports over 2,400 without power this morning.

Crews were faced with restoring power to additional substations with each round of weather that came through.

The cooperatives were hopeful those without power yet this morning would have lights on again soon.