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Tornado hits rural Humboldt South Dakota

Tornado hits rural Humboldt South Dakota

Posted: Updated: Jun 18, 2001 12:00 AM

Another round of severe weather Tuesday night left at least two homeowners in Minnehaha county thankful they're alive.

One of them is Ed Begeman.  His barn, shed and equipment stored inside are all destroyed.  A tornado touched down around 10:30 Tuesday night on his property southeast of Humboldt, which is about twenty miles west of Sioux Falls.  

Ed told us he got an alert from meteorologist Phil Schreck that there was a tornado warning and went to his basement.

He said he was lucky his home wasn't damaged.  He says his neighbor a quarter mile down the road wasn't so lucky. 

The Jorgenson's are also lucky to be alive. They huddled in their basement while the tornado destroyed their home. 

“My daughter had come up and asked if we knew that we were in a tornado warning, and we didn't know. We went to the basement and we sat there for a couple minutes, and you could just tell with the pressure in your head, your ears pop, that something was going on," Kim Jorgenson said. 

The tornado completely ripped off the roof of the house that is southeast of Humboldt.

"It was loud. The wind that was going. glass that was crashing, I mean we were hearing things that were hitting the house. It was a loud whirling noise. It's so erie to hear that and to hear everything else when you suspect what's going on upstairs," Kim said.

Despite uprooted trees and lawn mowers getting picked up and thrown hundreds of feet, the Jorgenson's say they are just thankful to be alive.


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