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04julAll DayWetonka (McPherson County, SD)

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Start Time: 7:35 pm CDT

End Time: 7:39 pm CDT

Rating:  EF2

Estimated Peak Winds:  115 mph

Path length:  2.65 miles

Width:  150 yards

Fatalities: 0

Injuries:  0

County:  McPherson

State:  South Dakota

Start Lat/Lon: 45.6688 / -98.7980

End Lat/Lon:  45.6423 / -98.7581


A tornado touched down 3 miles NNW of Wetonka, SD. The Grassland Hutterite Colony sustained the most damage. A large machine shop lost a roof and wall. A large, empty, anchored grain bin was completely removed from its base and the adjacent feed mill was significantly damaged. A 400 ft x 80 ft turkey barn was completely destroyed along with a smaller outbuilding. Debris from these two buildings was scattered in many directions. A trailer was flipped, freight storage unit rotated and two other outbuildings had complete loss of roof panels. Roof and siding damage occurred to many of the residential buildings. Tree and crop damage were also noted. The tornado tracked over 2 miles southeast, crossing McPherson County HWY 23 and ending about one mile NNE of Wetonka, SD. Debris from Grassland Colony was dispersed along the entire track of the tornado. 


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