On the 24th of June 67 Tornados came through the
Sioux Falls area.
This broke the United States record for the number of tornados touching down in any 1 state in a 24hr period.
The 4 photos below are of some tornados I got caught up in.
One of the Tornados pictured below was less then 5 miles (8km) south of Sioux Falls.
Another Tornados came down and land right on top and in front of me (in my 4 wheel drive) with NO warning. I was lucky enough to see it coming 10 seconds before it hit the ground, so I did the fastest U turn in history. My car sustained very minor damage with 100s of stone and hail chips from the 200Km/h+ winds. My car was blown completely from one side of the road off the other side. The accelerator was flat to the floor and pulled me out harms way . I think I broke the South Dakota land speed record to escape the edge of the tornado. As I headed north along I29 (Interstate 29) the Tornado was moving north parallel with my car, only 1/4 of a mile from the freeway. To my "delight" it was actually heading towards the freeway at an angle. I ended up driving at more than 100 miles and hour (160km/h) to outrun the tornado. The Tornado was reported to be 1/4 mile wide at one stage as it headed towards Sioux Falls. This Tornado ended up going back into the clouds as it hit the edge of Sioux Falls. What a lucky day. Click Here to see a map of where the tornado went. The "F0" tornado to the right of Tea near I29 was the one that hit my car.
Statistics from the day
67 Tornados touched down within 90km of Sioux Falls (within South Dakota). This broke the United States record for the number of tornados touching down in any 1 state in a 24hr period. Additionally another 30 tornados touched down across the border in Minnesota and Iowa.
Tornados started at 5pm and ended at 2am! The sirens were going off 60% of the time.
The closest Tornado to our house was 700meters South East of us. This was a funnel cloud that bounced across a few peoples roofs and then went back up into the sky. As it didn't hit the ground it was only "officially report" as a funnel cloud and not a Tornado.
Every Car on Interstate 29 were exceeding 100Miles/hour(160Km/h) heading north to escape the tornado/s; & No I didn't get a speeding ticket, even though a cop passed me.
Tornado Track Maps
60 Meter power poles snapped off
The house below has no roof, internal walls, windows, or back or side wall (out of view)
This was a house 5 minutes West of Sioux Falls
The Tornado ripped through only 100 Meters away from my friends house. His neighbours house is no more.