Second person killed in South Dakota storms Thursday, authorities say

Joe Sneve
Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Deadly winds and tornadoes Thursday that stretched across eastern South Dakota claimed at least two lives.

Authorities announced during a morning news conference that a Wentworth woman was killed in the storm Thursday evening south of Colton when struck by storm debris.

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Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead said the victim, 61-year-old Wendy Lape, was traveling home with her husband in a vehicle when the incident occurred at 5:11 p.m. as straight line winds arrived to the area. 

"The wall of dust and dirt and debris hit them. They slowed down to probably under 5 miles per hours because of the almost zero visibility from the blowing debris and a chunk of wood came through the window of the car," the sheriff said, noting that storm debris had restricted first responders' access to the seen.

Nearby residents used heavy machinery to help clear the roadways, he said.

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Lape succumbed to her injuries Friday morning. 

News of Lape's death follows after the Sioux Falls Emergency Management Department reported a Sioux Falls resident also perished in the storm. Details have not yet been released. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.