Burke Mayor: Two injured from Tuesday’s storms
UPDATED 10:15 a.m.
BURKE, S.D. (KELO) — The town of Burke is closed Wednesday.
Officials are only allowing authorized emergency responders and homeowners into the town. The Gregory County Sheriff’s Office tells KELOLAND News people need to stay away if they have no business here.
The town, home of population just over 604 at the 2010 census, experienced strong wind damage. Buildings in town have suffered major damage, including the Burke Middle School, Gregory County Courthouse among others.
KELOLAND News will have more coverage throughout the day on-air and online.
BURKE, S.D. (KELO) — Burke Mayor Tom Glover told KELOLAND News two people suffered injuries from the storm and officials will be surveying the damage Wednesday.
He said the town is shutdown and that no one can get into town. The hospital does have a backup generator and a lot of people are gathering there but there hasn’t been an official shelter setup.
It was a night of severe weather in central KELOLAND.
Storms brought heavy winds and some large hailstones to areas along the Missouri River Tuesday night.
There’s multiple reports of downed power lines and damage to buildings in Burke. The KELOLAND Live Doppler Storm Center recorded a wind gust of 100 mph.
According to the Rosebud Electric Cooperative, areas of Gregory County are without power. Consumers from Burke to the Lucas area will be without power for most of the day if not longer. Crews will be out inspecting power lines.
In Burke, the city said the Burke Civic Center, high school, gym and lumber yard saw major damage. KELOLAND News has reached out to officials in Burke and Gregory County for more details.
Another place that got hit is the Lower Brule area. A viewer sent us this picture of some hail they got. Some of the stones were bigger than a golf ball.
There were also reports of baseball-sized hail in Lyman County.
A viewer near Gettysburg sent in video of a hail storm. The hail mixed with high winds shredded leaves from trees.
You can see photos the storm in the gallery below.
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