Semi Turned Over As Severe Storms Bring Winds To 80 MPH To Central South Dakota

Severe weather slammed central South Dakota Thursday night with winds to 80 miles an hour at times. The National Weather Service issued the first severe thunderstorm warnings at eight PM for Sully County. A second warning was issued for Stanley, Potter, Hughes and Sully County until nine PM. Warnings continued for gusty winds and hail through Hyde County at 11:45 PM. Hail reports were pea to nickel sized but winds were the big factor. Around 9:30 PM an 18 wheeler was tipped over by thunderstorm winds four miles west of Blunt at a truck stop at the U-S Highway 14-83 junction. Winds were recorded at that location gusting to 63 miles an hour 15 minutes later. Tin was found balled up in front of an apartment complex on Edgewater Drive in Pierre and power was out for a short time on North Highland Avenue. Another damage report had a roof blown off and one inch tree limbs broken in Pierre The wind was clocked at 80 miles an hour near Foster Bay, 13 miles north, northwest of Sansarc in Stanley County. A 62 mile an hour wind gust was logged a mile north of Agar. Seventy mile an hour winds were estimated two miles south of Murdo, while a 61 mile an hour gust was recorded two miles northeast of Pierre. Winds of 60 miles an hour were recorded in Sully County, a mile southeast of the Cow Creek Recreation Area. A weather station nine miles north northwest of Vivian in Lyman County recorded a 66 mile an hour gust. Rain was a factor in McPhearson Count with the storms. Nine-point-two inches of rain was recorded four miles north of Long Lake.