Tornado damages homes and businesses in South Dakota town

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 18, 2014 11:56 PM

SIOUX FALLS S.D. (Reuters) - A tornado plowed through the heart of a small town in eastern South Dakota on Wednesday, causing heavy damage to numerous homes and businesses, but no serious injuries were reported, weather and emergency management officials said.

The twister struck the town of Wessington Springs, about 125 miles northwest of Sioux Falls, shortly before 8 p.m. local time, ripping walls and roofs from buildings, knocking some structures from their foundations and flipping cars through the air, officials said.

Kristi Sandal, a spokeswoman for the state's emergency operations center in the state capital of Pierre said one person was reported trapped in debris but was not badly hurt.

(Reporting by Ann Nachtigal in Sioux Falls; Additional reporting by Eric M. Johnson from Seattle; Editing by Steve Gorman)