NWS confirms tornado touched down in Deuel County

Submitted image, courtesy Dakota Radio Group

Authorities have confirmed a tornado touched down in eastern South Dakota over the weekend.

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado in Deuel County Saturday evening.

Dakota Radio Group reports forecaster Steve Fleegel says it touched down around 6:00 p.m. near Estelline.

Fleegel says the tornado appears to have touched down in a field before ascending back up into the clouds. He says without a debris field, it’s difficult to say what kind of winds it had in order to give it a rating.

Based on video from eyewitnesses, it looks to have been on the ground for less than a minute.

Fleegel says that was the only tornado report they had on Saturday night, but there were reports of small hail and strong thunderstorm winds of 60 miles an hour in other parts of northeastern South Dakota.