SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead shared details on a death that occurred following the severe storms that moved through the area on Thursday afternoon.

Milstead says there was a fatality reported just south of Colton as a husband and wife were on their way home to Wentworth. A chunk of wood went through the window of the car, hitting 61-year-old Wendy Lape. She died from her injuries Friday morning.

Wendy Lape and family

Friends tell KELOLAND News a teacher in Sioux Falls also died in the storm. The district says Annie Lanning was a teacher at Lincoln High School.

Shannon Steffke with friend Annie Lanning
Shannon Steffke with friend Annie Lanning

First responders and clean up crews across KELOLAND are assessing the damage Thursday night’s storm left behind.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has issued a State of Emergency on Friday. The governor has ordered state personnel and resources to communities impacted by Thursday’s damaging winds in eastern South Dakota.

The Department of Public Safety’s Office of Emergency Management has opened an Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the response with local government authorities.


Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken says the city will have a website to answer questions residents might have about the storm.


Sioux Falls Emergency Manager Regan Smith has confirmed to KELOLAND News that one Sioux Falls resident died in the storm.

Mayor Paul TenHaken will be holding a news briefing at 10 a.m. Friday. Gov. Noem will be at the briefing to talk about Thursday night’s storm, damage and clean-up efforts.


City of Sioux Falls

Electric crews in Sioux Falls were up early Friday morning restoring power to neighborhoods near McKennan Park.

Thursday night’s straight line winds toppled huge trees in the McKennan Historic District.

Sioux Valley Energy says their crews are working to restore power to nearly 8,000 people without power. The company says 12 out of 42 substations which feed the SVE system are offline.

Sioux Falls School District update:

The severe weather will have a slight impact on Sioux Falls Schools Friday. In a message to families, the Sioux Falls School District says power has been restored to all schools.

Classes will be in session and on the normal schedule. However, as clean up continues, bus routes may be impacted. Because of this schools will not be counting tardies this morning.

And as a reminder, the last day of school is May 25.


City of Brookings

Officials in Brookings are asking the public not to use water Friday morning.

The Brookings Municipal Utilities posted to its Facebook page. They’re thanking the public for their cooperation and patience during storm clean-up.


Power outages

As of Friday morning, Minnehaha, Brookings and Lake Counties have between 1,000-3,000 residences without power, according to the South Dakota Rural Electric Association’s website.

Here’s a look at the map as of 7 a.m. CT.


City of Castlewood

The storms hit several communities hard including Madison, Salem and Arlington. But some of the most significant damage is in town of Castlewood. In addition to powerful winds, a tornado touched down in the Hamlin County Community.

These images show the destruction it left behind. Large trees are split in half, homes are torn apart and trees and other debris are covering roads.

The City of Castlewood is currently closed until 3 p.m. Friday. KELOLAND News will be sending a news crew there to survey the damage once it opens, and hear from people who experienced the storm.


City of Salem

Residents in Salem are cleaning up after the strong winds that ripped through town. Many farms lost buildings, crops and livestock.

The Avantara nursing home in Salem had some of the worst damage. The kitchen suffered the worst damage where the entire roof over that section of the nursing home is now gone.


Yankton County

Yankton County Emergency Management is asking residents who received property damage to report it to the 211 Helpline. They say “when you call the 211 Helpline, please also let them know if you need any assistance cleaning up your debris.”


This is a developing story. More information will be added as it becomes available.