Major damage reported as tornado hits Sioux Falls

Jo-Ann Fabrics sustained major damage following a tornado that moved through Sioux Falls Tuesday night. Photo by Todd Epp

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (WNAX) – Major damage is being reported in much of southern Sioux Falls from storms that moved through late last night and early this morning.

At an early morning briefing, Todd Heitkamp from the National Weather Service laid out the storm timeline.

Heitkamp says it was the worst sort of storm situation.


Eric Pauli with Xcel Energy says they continue work to restore power.


Sioux Falls Director of Public Works Mark Cotter says they have done some early assessments.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Chief Brad Goodroad says they have a full response underway.

Sioux Falls and Harrisburg schools are running two hours late and officials are asking people to stay off the roads and streets until damage can be cleared.