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Severe weather rips through southeastern South Dakota

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Severe weather rumbled through most of the KSFY News viewing area -- with a confirmed tornado touching down outside of Canton.

After a crazy afternoon the weather has finally calmed down.

The streets in downtown Sioux Falls are cleared now, but were filled with leaves and debris after the storm went through.

But that was nothing compared to the mess other places.

"You could hear it and the rumble was intense," said Jackson Roos who watched the storm from his laundry room.

It was a dangerous afternoon in eastern South Dakota as surprise severe thunderstorms, funnel clouds and a tornado ripped through the area.

"You could see it moving across, the funnel rotating, rotating across the front of building," Roos said.

A funnel cloud was seen near Hartford.

A warning was issued around 2:15 this afternoon when it was spotted, but the sirens never went off.

"This one was a little unusual because it did pop up rather quickly. I think it caught everybody by surprise," said Director of Minnehaha County Emergency Management, Lynn DeYoung.

But he said that's only part of the explanation. Based on their information, he said people in Hartford weren't in danger.

"The protocol that we follow is that we wouldn't alert the sirens there because it's already past and that's just the way the weather is. We're not going to alert people when there's no real threat based on the information that we have," DeYoung explained.

As the storm trucked through, downtown Sioux Falls got slammed.

But it wasn't just hail that caused us problems, Roos is a former storm chaser, he said it was some of the worst hail he's seen.

"For the size of hail, I mean I saw a couple of them that were eggs size to the point where they were hitting the sidewalk and just shattering because of the weight," Roos explained.

Lightning strikes were a concern as well.

A tree in Dunham Park took a direct hit from the lightning. It's cracked from the top to the ground. Neighbors say they heard exactly when it happened.

"On our way downstairs there was the loudest crack of thunder I've heard in a long time. It shook the windows of the building and everything," Roos said.

DeYoung said this storm system is a good reminder to go over your severe weather plan, "today is a good example, that you may not always be at home, you may be other places that you may need to seek shelter."

This storm system only intensified as it marched on.

It dropped more heavy rain, half dollar size hail and tornadoes in Iowa and southern Minnesota.

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