SD, MN communities recover from strong storm 19 Jun 12

BIG STONE LAKE, S.D. (AP) – Residents in the Big Stone Lake area are cleaning up and beginning repairs after a weekend storm that brought straight-line winds and at least one tornado.

KELO-TV reports that the National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in the Cramer’s Resort area, and straight-line winds hit Big Stone City and the nearby Minnesota community of Ortonville Sunday night.

Sandi Sawchuk was still shaken a day later. She tells KELO that she was outside at the lake when debris began flying and trees started falling, and was lucky not to be injured.

KDLT-TV reports that downtown businesses suffered the brunt of the damage in Ortonville. Drug store owner Mike Carlson says the storm ripped apart metal on his building’s exterior. A jewelry store lost its roof.