Tornado confirmed near Wetonka Saturday night

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT) —The National Weather Service has confirmed an Independence Day tornado northwest of Aberdeen.

The tornado touched down three miles northwest of Wetonka, in McPherson County at 7:35 p.m. Saturday, and stayed on the ground for more than 2 ½ miles, carving a path of destruction 150 yards wide.

The heaviest damage was sustained at the Grassland Hutterite Colony, where a large machine shop lost a roof and wall.  An anchored grain bin was completely removed from its base, and an adjacent feed mill had extensive damage. Additionally, a 400 foot by 80 foot turkey barn was completely destroyed, along with a smaller outbuilding.

Debris was scattered in many directions.

The National Weather Service rated the tornado an EF-2 on the Fujita scale, meaning it had winds estimated between 111 and 135 miles per hour.