- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

WAUBAY, S.D. (AP) - Residents of the Waubay region are working to recover from heavy storm damage.

The storm that blew through late Friday brought straight-line winds and one confirmed tornado - a relatively weak one with a top wind speed of 80 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Some people suffered cuts and one person may have broken a finger, but there were no serious injuries, Day County Emergency Manager Wes Williams told the American News.

There was plenty of property damage, however. The storm tossed around six campers at the Lake Bitter Lodge Campground - moving some as far as 50 feet.

“By the time the rain stopped, the hail stopped and the wind stopped, there were no campers left standing,” Marcy Feuerhelm, of Leota, Minnesota, who was camping with her family, told the American News.

The storm damaged crops in the area, downed trees and destroyed some farm buildings.

Farmer Joe Butler told the American News that a grain bin, a storage shed and two barns were damaged, along with downed power lines and trees. He also lost wheat, soybean and corn crops.

“It was probably the best looking crop since forever,” he said. “Most of it is just gone.”

The storm also damaged trees and homes in Waubay, where Main Street became home to an emergency command post and an American Red Cross trailer rather than hosting a parade, run and car show scheduled for the weekend.

The town is resilient, Mayor Kevin Jens told KDLT-TV.

“In 2008, we had a severe wind storm that wasn’t much worse than this one. After a week’s work, we bounced back,” he said.

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