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Severe weather causes fatality, widespread damage in Hamlin & Brookings County

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A 63-year-old woman died during Friday's severe weather near Lake Poinsett after her mobile home was picked up by the extreme winds. 

Friday's severe weather caused damage throughout the KSFY viewing area, bringing down trees and power lines and tipping over semi trucks and trailers. 

An ominous blue-green sky and heavy rains brought many cars off the interstate at Brookings to seek shelter. 

"The wind was blowing pretty hard, you could see the trees across the street bending over and the rain was coming quick," said Dustin Beringer, seeking shelter from the storm in Brookings. 

Stranded drivers kept a close eye on the sky as more dark clouds moved in. 

"It looked like it was 10:30 at night...the clouds were moving pretty fast and really low to the ground," said Beringer. 

The heavy rain caused flash flooding throughout city streets.  Across the region, extreme winds brought down trees and power lines, leaving many people to wait out the storm in the dark. 

As the storm passed, people emerged to find building ripped apart.  One family dug through what was left of their storage shed outside Lake Poinsett, looking for belongings that weren't damaged by the storm. 

The Hamlin County Sheriff says Lake Norden, Bryant and Hayti also saw severe damage. 

"They had power lines and trees laying in the road and basically around the whole town, but Lake Poinsett, with what we have assessed right now, is still our worst," said Hamlin County Sheriff Chad Schlotterbeck. 

A trailer torn apart by the storm was just down the road from the damaged home that took the life of one woman.  Emergency crews were going door to door in the area to make sure there were no other injuries. 

"We had some people injured in this storm and they've been transported to hospitals...the fire department is assisting, going door to door to make sure we don't have anyone else hurt," said Sheriff Schlotterbeck. 

Crews worked Friday to clean up whatever debris they can, asking residents to stay indoors as they continue to assess the damage in the area. 

"We're definitely seeing a lot of damage there's houses and buildings and trees that have been destroyed or damaged," said Sheriff Schlotterbeck. 

Much of Hamlin County was still without power Friday night.  The sheriff's office asks people in the area to cal 9-1-1 to report down power lines.

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