- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

WAUBAY, S.D. (AP) - The National Weather Service said Saturday at least one tornado was confirmed in northeastern South Dakota on Friday and that storms downed trees and power lines and overturned campers.

The extent of the damage was unclear Saturday afternoon but trees were down in Day County and some sheds and grain bins were crumpled, according to Ryan Vipond, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen.

There were several funnel clouds reported but the only confirmed tornado was seen in Waubay, Vipond said.

Day County, which includes Waubay, saw wind speeds of up to 90 mph and was hit with the brunt of the damage Friday night. There were reports of flipped campers and broken windows that caused a few injuries, according to Vipond. He said several downed power lines also caused some fires.

In Brown County, Emergency Management Director Scott Meints told the American News in Aberdeen that wind and hail damaged crops.

“We got a lot of crop damage, along with quite a few power outages and smaller branches downed,” he said.

Residents were beginning to clean up Saturday and Vipond said crews were assessing the extent of the damage.

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