Tornado touches down near Custer
Published: Thursday, August 15th, 2013
A powerful storm made its way through Custer late Sunday afternoon, destroying gardens, damaging cars and roofs and even uprooting trees.
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Rapid City confirmed a tornado formed from the storm and believed winds reached 100 miles per hour. The storm formed near Silver City and intensified over Hill City, with the tornado touching down two miles south of town, east of Highway 16.
Several large trees were snapped and blown over east of Highway 16, as well as Highway 87, with light damage between the two locations. Meteorologists weren’t sure how far the tornado traveled south since no other roads were in its path.
A tornado warning was issued for Custer after circular motion in the storm system was noted through radar. The tornado warning sirens also sounded shortly after 3:30 p.m.
“It’s in our protocol to run the sirens if we see anything in the radar that could have a chance for a tornado to touch down,” said Mike Carter, director of Custer County Emergency Management Services.
Hailstones ranging from pea-sized to two inches in diameter were reported throughout the city, with larger sizes reported from south and east of town. Highway plows were called to remove hail from Highway 385.
“These types of large scale storms come with a lot of hail,” Carter said. “I would say personal properties were considerably damaged. Roads in the county were impacted, but not at a high dollar value.”
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