UPDATE: Winds cause damage, tip over vehiclesIn Davison County, it's likely to remain cloudy until at least noon, then a “gradual warming trend” would continue through the weekend.
By: Staff reports,
High winds continued to rip through the state Thursday, causing vehicle tip-overs and other havoc.
Brad Temeyer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service South Dakota field office, said the highest gust Thursday was at Ellsworth, which recorded a wind gust of 74 mph. Pierre, Faith and Winner all recorded wind gusts in the low 70s. Mitchell’s highest gust was 61 mph.
“It’s been pretty gusty,” Temeyer said.
The lowest gusts were recorded at Sisseton (48 mph) and Watertown (39 mph).
Raindrops flew with the wind for most of the day in Mitchell; Temeyer said the area recorded .41 of an inch as of 7 p.m. Thursday.
Temeyer said the storm system causing the wind and rain will start to clear up today.
“The storm system is gradually going to shift itself off to the east,” he said.
In fact, he said the western half of the state already was clear of the system. In Davison County, Temeyer said it would likely remain cloudy until at least noon, then a “gradual warming trend” would continue through the weekend.
High winds tipped over a pickup trailer Thursday afternoon near Springfield at the intersection of state highways 52 and 37. The Bon Homme County Sheriff’s Office said the trailer did not suffer major damage and there were no injuries.
Winds blew over a semi-truck Thursday morning on the west side of the Fort Randall Dam. It was still sitting on the edge of the road late Thursday afternoon.
The Charles Mix County Sheriff’s Office said crews were waiting for winds to die down before attempting to remove the truck, which did not suffer major damage. The driver was not injured.
Mitchell Ambulance responded to a call early Thursday that a truck driver was knocked unconscious by a door. The trucker was unloading paper at a warehouse when the high winds caught his door and knocked him out, said Sgt. Scott Walton. The ambulance personnel believed he may have had a concussion, so he was transported to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital where he was treated and released.
Walton and other officers also directed traffic for 45 minutes Thursday after traffic lights went out at Spruce Street and Cabela Drive, in what was believed to be a wind-related problem. The lights were still out as of 5 p.m., so temporary stop signs are at the intersection, Walton said.
The wind caused six semis to tip onto their sides Thursday on Interstate 90 in Jones County.
According to the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, two of the crashes occurred a few miles east of Murdo, at I-90 mile markers 197 and 195, and another farther west
Strong winds Thursday morning caused this campaign sign to be wrapped around a post two miles east of Mitchell.
near mile marker 178. All three drivers were blown off the road and into the median, causing their semis to roll onto their sides.
The driver involved in the crash near mile marker 195 was transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s Healthcare Center in Pierre with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
The name of the driver was not immediately available.
No information was immediately available on the other three semis.