Officials with the National Weather Service in Rapid City say a tornado that touched down near Hermosa on Monday was an EF-2. Meteorologist Melissa Smith says the tornado was on the ground for about six miles and 12 minutes.
“There was numerous pine trees that were snapped,” Smith says. “As it tracked northeast there was several power poles right along highway 79 just north of Hermosa that were snapped. As it entered the Spring Creek Acres subdivision several homes were badly damaged and many of the outbuildings were destroyed.”
Smith says winds within the storm were between 120 and 125 miles per hour. She says there were no known injuries.