National Weather Service to survey tornado damage - KOTA Territory News

National Weather Service to survey tornado damage

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Rapid City are surveying damage from a tornado that tore through a portion of the Black Hills on Tuesday.  Once they're done they'll determine how to classify the strength of the tornado.

Based on early damage reports from homeowners in the Silver City area, NWS meteorologists believe it was a weak tornado.  There are several reports of tree damage.  A tree with broken limbs signals a weak twister, while an uprooted tree or a split trunk can mean the tornado was larger and had stronger winds.

The storm that dropped tennis ball sized hail and spawned a tornado hit the area without much warning between 1 and 2 p.m. Tuesday.  "This tornado shows how quickly a tornado can develop, especially over the Black Hills," Susan Sanders with the NWS said.

The NWS will release their findings by the end of the week.

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