A tornado tore through Sioux Falls late Tuesday night, Sept. 10, damaging numerous buildings, including the Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota, shown here, knocking down trees and cutting power to thousands of the city's residents. Jeremy Fugleberg / Forum News Service
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‘Say a prayer for our city:’ Tornado rips through Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A twister ripped by means of Sioux Falls late Tuesday night time, Sept. 10, reducing open hospitals and companies and downing bushes and energy traces. There have been no preliminary experiences of accidents.

The tornado tore by means of the south facet of town simply earlier than midnight, centered on West 41st Avenue, town’s busiest industrial hall. It flipped automobiles, twisted and toppled indicators gentle poles and pulled the face and roof off a number of companies.

The twister additionally broken a number of hospitals on the south facet of town together with the Avera Coronary heart Hospital of South Dakota and the adjoining Avera Behavioral Well being Middle. Each amenities sustained structural injury. The twister blew out the guts hospital’s entrance doorways, many home windows and the emergency room bay doorways, snapping giant bushes in half and throwing them into automobiles within the parking zone exterior.

Some sufferers have been transferred from the Behavioral Well being Middle to the guts hospital, whereas close by residents pitched in to assist transfer sufferers, clear wrecked automobiles and street particles and direct well being care suppliers speeding to the scene.

Sioux Falls police issued a no-travel advisory on account of downed energy traces and bushes, and the Nationwide Climate Service issued a flash flood warning for town. As of two:30 a.m., Xcel Vitality reported about 9,000 clients within the metropolis with out energy.

The scent of leaking pure fuel permeated the air alongside one badly crushed stretch of West 41st Avenue simply east of Kiwanis Avenue. The streets have been alive with emergency automobiles reducing downed bushes and checking broken buildings and energy traces. Quite a few metropolis emergency automobiles have been staged in a parking zone exterior of the Scheel’s retailer close by.

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Mayor Paul TenHaken stated town had suffered “important” injury, with many individuals with out energy. In a video posted to his Twitter account, he requested residents to remain off the roads and keep away from calling town’s overloaded 911 middle until there was an actual emergency.

“Say a prayer for our metropolis, for those who would,” he stated.

TenHaken and different officers are anticipated to offer an replace on the twister injury to media at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11.

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