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June 18, 2014 04:53 PM

Home, Dairy Farm Damaged In EF-2 Tornado

Minnehaha County, SD

A community is rallying around tornado victims who lost a home and a dairy farm south of Humboldt.

David Jorgenson never wanted to experience a tornado. After last night's terrifying storm, he hopes he never will be in one again.

"I stood by the front door and I could see the whole front (of the house) moving back and forth. I just said, 'This is bad,'" Jorgenson said.

Jorgenson went into the basement bathroom with his two children and wife as his home took a direct hit from an EF-2 tornado.

"You could tell that we were in it," Jorgenson said. "There was just no doubt that the tornado was on top of us. Your ears were popping. Prior to that, I heard that freight train sound that they talk about when I was by the door."

Now, that front door is gone and only interior walls stand in his four-bedroom home. His family's belongings are scattered across the property.

Inside clothes still hang in a closet and glass vases remain untouched in the kitchen.

The Jorgensons aren't the only ones hit. Don Weeg lost much of his dairy farm.

"You just clean up, fix it, and start over," Weeg said.

The National Weather Service says the tornado was on the ground for 18 minutes and took an unpredicted path.

Warning Coordination Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp says this week's weather is extremely rare.

"It's one event after another. Plus we've been talking about multiple events of flooding, severe weather, now a tornado, this is an event that a lot of people are going to be talking about for a long time," Heitkamp said.

Yet, despite his damaged home, Jorgenson is thankful it wasn't worse.

"God had our back, plain and simple," Jorgenson said.

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