A powerful tornado hit the city of Sioux Falls (South Dakota) at approximately 23:41 (local time) on Tuesday, September 10. Significant damage was reported in some areas, causing structural collapses and power outages. The roof of the Avera Heart Hospital was torn off and some homes were also affected. Downed trees and power lines have prevented some emergency personnel from responding to calls in southern parts of the city. According to power company officials, at least 19,880 customers are being impacted with hundreds of outages reported. The Sioux Falls Police have issued a no travel advisory due to the downed power lines and trees and are asking travelers to stay off the roads until routes are safe and clear of debris. Flooding, transportation delays, and power outages are expected over the coming hours through Wednesday, September 11.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. road closures, evacuations), anticipate power outages and transportation disruptions, including dangerous driving conditions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater and chemical products; items having come into contact with floodwater should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.
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