South Dakota town recovering from tornado damage

Jason Witt/The Argus Leader via AP: A lumberyard was destroyed in Burke, South Dakota, after a severe thunderstorm blew through the area on Tuesday.

BURKE (AP) – As a small town in southern South Dakota recovers from a tornado that destroyed its civic center and caused other extensive damage, some residents are asking why the community's warning siren wasn't sounded.

The EF-1 tornado with 100 mph winds ripped through the town of Burke Tuesday night, ripping roofs off buildings and homes, uprooting trees and leaving the school building unusable for the beginning of classes. Two men suffered minor injuries when a garage collapsed.

Gov. Kristi Noem visited the community Wednesday and called the damage "unbelievable." Noem promised the state's help in the community's restoration efforts.

Burke Mayor Thomas Glover tells the Argus Leader the siren is sounded when officials get notification of a tornado sighting or that one is imminent. Glover says that did not happen.


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