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Oacoma area hit by microburst, NWS says

OACOMA - The powerful and destructive wind that whipped through the Oacoma area on Sunday evening was a microburst, according to the National Weather Service.

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Cedar Shore Campground Manager Jerry Meyer peers into the back window of his fifth-wheel trailer Monday morning after high winds at around 9:30 p.m. Sunday overturned two campers in the campground and damaged several others. Meyer said his trailer overturned 10 seconds after he and his wife escaped. (Chris Huber/Republic)

OACOMA - The powerful and destructive wind that whipped through the Oacoma area on Sunday evening was a microburst, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS defines a microburst as a locally defined wind gust, usually occurring on the leading edge of a thunderstorm. A South Dakota State University weather station nearby read winds of up to 62 mph, but an NWS official said damage was consistent with winds of 60-80 mph.

The microburst tipped over two fifth-wheel trailers in the Cedar Shore Campground and ripped a three-car garage off a house near the campground.

For more on the microburst, look for updates on this site and see Tuesday's print edition of The Daily Republic.

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