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UPDATE: 3 tornadoes confirmed in Sioux Falls

Updated: September 11, 2019 08:08 PM

The National Weather Service is confirming that at least three tornadoes hit the city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, overnight.

The weather service confirmed an EF-2 tornado with winds of about 125 mph hit a portion of the city. A second EF-2 tornado was confirmed, as it impacted the Avera Health Complex in the city. That tornado was said to have winds up to 130 mph. Eight injuries were said to be attributed with this tornado, according to the NWS.

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A third EF-2 tornado was confirmed to have touched down in southern Sioux Falls. It is believed that tornado produced winds up to 125 mph. 

Mayor Paul TenHaken says officials have still received no reports of deaths or serious injury from the storm that hit around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. He says the city is fortunate.

Among the stories emerging from the damage is the scramble to protect patients in several Avera Health hospitals. David Flicek, the head of Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center, says staff in one building had "10 minutes to wake up 102 residents" and move them to safety.

He says seven people had minor injuries from falling debris.

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