Saturday Storm In Lennox, SD, Confirmed As Tornado

       A storm survey team from the National Weather Service office in Sioux Falls has confirmed it was a tornado and not straight-line winds that hit the southeastern South Dakota town of Lennox late Saturday afternoon. 

      The weather service tweeted the brief tornado struck about 4:40 pm and traveled nearly 2 miles with winds of 95 mph, making it an F1 twister.  

Lennox residents spent Sunday cleaning up debris in the town of 2,500 about 20 miles southwest of Sioux Falls.  Most of the damage to roofs, vehicle, and other structures came from trees that were uprooted or lost large limbs. Damage to Lennox High School is being evaluated.

     The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said  it received multiple reports of Interstate 29 being covered with debris and vehicles in the ditch while the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported two semis on the freeway were blown over.

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