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Severe storms to roll across eastern SD Tuesday, featuring winds up to 90 mph, lime-sized hail

The National Weather Service placed Mitchell, as well as areas to the north and east, at moderate risk of severe storms, the fourth highest of five risk categories.

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SIOUX FALLS — A large portion of eastern South Dakota is being asked to prepare for a significant storm system that will affect the area on Tuesday, bringing high winds and medium-sized hail to the region.

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has placed an area stretching roughly from Huron and Mitchell to Sioux Falls to Brookings at moderate risk of severe thunderstorms Tuesday evening.

A moderate risk, the fourth highest of five risk categories, calls for long-lived, widespread and intense thunderstorms in the affected area.

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The National Weather Service uses these categories when describing the risk of severe thunderstorms in a given area.
Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service

Tuesday's storm, which is forecast to roll in from the northwest, is predicted to hit the Huron area between 1-2 p.m., and will begin affecting the Mitchell area at roughly 3 p.m.

The storm system could bring damaging winds as high as 90 mph and medium-sized hail roughly two inches in diameter. Periods of heavy rain are also likely.

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The National Weather Service notes that the likelihood of tornadoes remain low, though low-lying areas could be at a slight risk of flooding.

If a warning of any kind is issued, the National Weather Service encourages affected residents to immediately seek shelter in a lower-level or basement, away from windows.

Current weather information as well as watches and warnings are available through the National Weather Service's Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as on their website or through local media.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The information in this article was derived from data published by the National Weather Service, which is current and valid as of 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021 and now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on local news in Sioux Falls. He also writes regional news spanning across the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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