24 June 2003 Tornado Outbreak
over southeast South Dakota

Public Information Statements

Storm and Damage Photos

Due to the large number of photos we have received, we have divided the pictures onto two separate pages:

Tornado Track Maps

 


 

ABUS34 KFSD 260125
PNSFSD

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SIOUX FALLS SD
726 PM CDT WED JUN 25 2003

....MANCHESTER TORNADO RATED F4....

THE LARGE TORNADO THAT DESTROYED THE COMMUNITY OF MANCHESTER IN 
KINGSBURY COUNTY SOUTH DAKOTA IS OFFICIALLY CLASSIFIED AS AN F4 
TORNADO BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.  

THIS TORNADO...FIRST TOUCHING DOWN IN NORTHEAST SANBORN 
COUNTY...MOVED THROUGH MANCHESTER AT APPROXIMATELY 745 PM TUESDAY 
EVENING JUNE 24 2003.  AS THE TORNADO MOVED THROUGH MANCHESTER IT 
WAS ABOUT A 1/2 MILE WIDE.  THE F4 DAMAGE EXTENDED 1 1/2 MILES SOUTH 
OF MANCHESTER...THROUGH THE SMALL COMMUNITY...TO 2 1/4 MILES NORTH 
OF MANCHESTER.  THE TOTAL TORNADO PATH WILL BE DETERMINED BY AN 
AERIAL SURVEY PLANNED FOR THURSDAY...BUT IT IS ESTIMATED TO BE 
AROUND 25 MILES LONG.  F4 TORNADO WINDS RANGE FROM 207 MPH TO 260 
MPH ON THE FUJITA SCALE.

NWS SIOUX FALLS RECEIVED REPORTS OF 40 TO 60 TORNADOES ACROSS 
SOUTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA IN AN 8 HOUR PERIOD TUESDAY EVENING.  MOST OF 
THESE STORMS ARE YET TO BE SURVEYED...BUT OTHER STORMS CLASSIFIED 
TODAY INCLUDE:

F3 TORNADO (158-206 MPH) 1 MILE WEST OF WOONSOCKET...IN SANBORN 
COUNTY...AT APPROXIMATELY 630 PM.

F3 TORNADO (158-206 MPH) 1 1/2 MILES SOUTHWEST OF CAVOUR...BEADLE 
COUNTY...AROUND 930 PM.

A CLUSTER OF F1 (73-112 MPH) AND F2 (113-157 MPH) TORNADOES IN THE 
VICINITY OF MT VERNON AND MITCHELL IN DAVISON COUNTY...BETWEEN    
530 PM AND 6 PM.

F1 (AROUND 100 MPH) TORNADO IN THE HARTFORD HEIGHTS AREAS WEST OF 
SIOUX FALLS...AROUND 1005 PM.

ADDITIONAL FIELD SURVEYS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER 
SERVICE IN THE DAYS AHEAD.

GREG HARMON
METEOROLOGIST IN CHARGE

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ABUS34 KFSD 261931
PNSFSD

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SIOUX FALLS SD
230 PM CDT THU JUN 26 2003

...ADDITIONAL DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FROM TUESDAY NIGHT STORMS...

IN ADDITION TO THE STRONG TORNADOES SURVEYED IN THE WOONSOCKET... 
CAVOUR AND MANCHESTER AREAS...THERE WERE A NUMBER OF TORNADOES WHICH 
WERE REPORTED TUESDAY EVENING SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST OF SIOUX FALLS.  A 
GROUND SURVEY ACROSS FAR SOUTHWEST MINNEHAHA...EASTERN TURNER AND 
SOUTHWEST LINCOLN COUNTIES FOUND 10 DISTINCT TORNADOES...ALONG WITH 
A FOUR MILE PATH OF STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE. 

FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF AREAS SURVEYED:

F2 TORNADO (113-157 MPH) 2 MILES EAST OF DAVIS...TURNER COUNTY...AT 
829 PM.  TORNADO MOVED FROM SOUTH TO NORTH.

F1 TORNADO (73-112 MPH) 2 MILES NORTH OF DAVIS...TURNER COUNTY...AT 
757 PM.  TORNADO MOVED FROM SOUTHEAST TO NORTHWEST.

F1 TORNADO (73-112 MPH) 1 MILE NORTHWEST OF CENTERVILLE TO 3 MILES 
NORTHWEST OF CENTERVILLE...TURNER COUNTY...AROUND 800 PM.  TORNADO 
CURVED FROM SOUTHEAST TO NORTHWEST.

F1 TORNADO (73-112 MPH) 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF BERESFORD...LINCOLN 
COUNTY...AROUND 810 PM.  TORNADO MOVED FROM SOUTHEAST TO NORTHWEST.

F1 TORNADO (73-112 MPH) 4 MILES NORTHWEST OF CENTERVILLE...TURNER 
COUNTY...AROUND 815 PM.  TORNADO MOVED FROM SOUTHEAST TO NORTHWEST.

F1 TORNADO (73-112 MPH) 8 MILES NORTHWEST OF BERESFORD...LINCOLN 
COUNTY...AROUND 830 PM.  TORNADO MOVED FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST.

F1 TORNADO (73-112 MPH) WEST SIDE OF VIBORG...TURNER COUNTY... 
AROUND 1040 PM.  TORNADO MOVED FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST.

F0 TORNADO (40-72 MPH) SOUTHEAST CENTERVILLE...TURNER COUNTY... 
AROUND 720 PM.  BRIEF TOUCHDOWN.

F0 TORNADO (40-72 MPH) SOUTHEAST CENTERVILLE...TURNER COUNTY... 
AROUND 725 PM.  BRIEF TOUCHDOWN.

F0 TORNADO (40-72 MPH) PARKER...TURNER COUNTY...BETWEEN 915 PM AND 
930 PM.  TORNADO MOVED FROM SOUTH TO NORTH.

STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE (AROUND 100 MPH)...3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF 
WALL LAKE TO THE SOUTHEAST SIDE OF WALL LAKE...AROUND 1000 PM.

THIS IS NOT A COMPLETE LISTING OF EVERY TORNADO WHICH OCCURRED IN 
THIS AREA TUESDAY EVENING...SIMPLY THOSE TORNADOES FOR WHICH THE 
SURVEY TEAM COULD DOCUMENT DAMAGE DURING THE GROUND SURVEY ON 
WEDNESDAY.  THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS PLANNING AN AERIAL 
SURVEY TO OBTAIN A BROADER LOOK AT THE AREA LATER THIS WEEK.

JENNIFER HACKER
SENIOR FORECASTER

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