Newell Hard Hit By Storms Packing 100 mph Winds
NEWELL, S.D. (AP) – Property owners in Butte County are tallying damage from this week’s powerful storm that pummeled homes, schools and other buildings with near hurricane-strength winds, torrential rain and baseball-sized hail.
Workers boarded up dozens of shattered windows in the Newell school complex. Carpets in the elementary-middle school addition were soaked with ankle-deep water where rain and hail blew through the open windows.
The Rapid City Journal reports winds of up to 100 mph were reported in Butte County. The storm ruined fields of corn that was just ready to be picked near Newell and Vale, as well as soybeans and sorghum crops. Reports of total losses began to come in Wednesday.