South Dakota derecho caused damage in these 28 counties Thursday. Here are some of the reports.
Straight-line winds and tornados wreaked havoc across eastern South Dakota on Thursday, claiming the lives of at least two people and causing injury and devastation in more than two dozen counties.
Gov. Kristi Noem on Friday morning said emergency managers in 28 counties are reporting damages to private property and public infrastructure, on top of two fatalities confirmed to have occurred in Minnehaha County.
Here's a look at some of the counties hit hardest by the costly storm, which produced at least one tornado in the northeast part of the state and wind speeds exceeding 100 mph further south.
Downed trees and damaged homes were reported in Huron and the surrounding areas. The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls also reports the area experienced nickel size hail and wind speeds that reached 90 miles per hour.
Bon Homme County
Bon Homme emergency manager Eric Elsberry said Thursday night that there’s “widespread damage across the county,” like damaged roads and destroyed buildings – including homes, sheds and barns.
“Power is out in at least four of 5 towns,” he said.
Power remained down Friday.
The storm damaged trees and buildings and resulted in injuries as wind speeds as high as 73 miles per hour were reported in the county.
Bob Hill, the county emergency manager said the damages were extensive, including a church in the northern portion of the county that lost its roof.
Brookings Health System reported a surge in patients to its emergency room Thursday night, and multiple buildings in Brookings, Volga and the surrounding area were demolished.
"We are seeing patients from the storm, but we have more than ample staff," said Karen Weber, the director of emergency. "We're busier than usual and we've brought in extra help. There are a range of injuries."
At least 2,100 households remained without power as of Friday morning.
South Dakota State University announced on social media their Brookings campus will be closed due to power loss and recovery efforts.
The university said an announcement for the reopening of campus would be made at a later time.
Storm damage included damaged buildings and downed trees and powerlines.
NWS reported a funnel cloud was spotted near Waverly at 6:11 p.m.
In Watertown, power lines and trees were knocked down and there was damage to at least one hangar at the airport as a result of the Thursday storms.
The Salvation Army is working to provide housing to displaced residents in the area.
NWS reported half-inch hail in the Mitchell area.
Windspeeds of 81 miles per hour reported in Alexandria. Property damage was reported to buildings, including homes and grain bins county wide, including rural Emery.
As of Friday morning, more than 1,000 people in the areas of Emery and Bridgewater remained without power.
A tornado struck two homes and damaged a school in Castlewood, among stops made by the governor Thursday and Friday to survey the extent of storm damage. The Hamlin County tornado occurred at 5:53 p.m.
Several buildings and homes have been destroyed. Some residents have opened up their homes to people with damaged houses, while other folks who are displaced are staying in motels.
County emergency manager Barry Nankivel reports at least two mobile homes were destroyed.
The top wind speeds records in Thursday's storm were in Tripp where readings show 107 mile per hour wind speeds. Damages to buildings, powerlines and trees reported across the county, including near the city of Tripp.
The grain elevator in the county seat was also destroyed.
The second-highest windspeed recorded in South Dakota during the weather event occurred at the Madison Airport. Property damages and power outages reported county wide, including near Brandt Lake and Lake Madison.
Over 3,000 Lake county members remained without power Friday morning.
Dime sized hail reported in Roswell.
Flandreau also saw winds reach 90 miles per hour, with county-wide property damage reported.
In Salem, the Leisure Living assisted living facility had part of its roof ripped off by high winds, forcing residents to evacuate to the armory, according to the McCook County emergency management office. As many as 50 homes in the county sustained damage.
The Avantara nursing home also suffered damage. Neighbors said they saw patients evacuated at 5 p.m.
At least two people were killed during the storms, both occurring in the Sioux Falls area.
Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead said Friday morning that 61-year-old Wendy Lape, of Wentworth, was traveling home in a vehicle with her husband 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.
Lape died from 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.
Damages to property, trees and public infrastructure is reported. Thousands remain without power, including more than 5,000 in Sioux Falls and 400 in Dell Rapids.
"We have two buildings that are a total loss, and one that's just got a lot of damage —about $45,000 in damages," Dell Rapids farmer Nate Hansen said.
NWS reports that a tornado briefly touched down at 6:52 p.m. near New Effington.
Beresford had wind speeds of 82 miles per hour.
The Yankton Municipal Airport's top recorded wind speed was 71 miles per hour.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the city of Tripp as being located in Tripp County. The Argus Leader regrets the error.