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Flash Flooding in Sioux City, Power Cuts in South Dakota, Noon News

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A deluge from this morning’s thunderstorm caused flash flooding downtown Sioux City.  And more  Powerful thunderstorms that blew through southeastern South Dakota damaged farm buildings and trees and cut power to hundreds.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning early Wednesday that included the cities of Armour, Parkston, Tripp, Delmont, Alcester, and Wakonda. Other areas were under severe thunderstorm warnings.

The National Weather Service has reports of damage to grain bins and trees in the Parkston area, but it's not yet known if that damage was the result of a tornado. The Argus Leader reports an outbuilding north of Armour and east of Corsica was completely destroyed.

Xcel Energy says a tree fell on a power line knocking out service to about 660 customers in Lennox. Power was restored several hours later.

There are no reports of injuries associated with the storms.

Democratic presidential Joe Biden in Sioux City on Tuesday said Republicans aren't doing enough to address recent comments by President Donald Trump that many have called racist.

Speaking in a Journal interview and also in a press availability after his rally that drew 350 people to the Country Celebrations Event Center, Biden responded to a vote on a U.S. House resolution that "strongly condemns President Donald Trump's racist comments" that four congresswomen of color should return to their native countries, even though three of the four were born in the United States. Earlier in the afternoon,  Biden talked aboutThe stops in Northwest Iowa is Biden's first in the 2020 campaign cycle.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke has opened a campaign office in Sioux City, just days in advance of the time he will again make stops in Northwest Iowa.

O'Rourke's office opened Tuesday, at 1308 Pierce St., and brings his total to 11 offices in Iowa, which his campaign team said is the most of any presidential candidate in the state.

O'Rourke, a former congressman from Texas, is the third Democratic candidate to open an office in Sioux City. John Delaney in January was the first Democrat to open a Sioux City office, and Elizabeth Warren added one in early July.

The upcoming events will mark O'Rourke's second series of events in Siouxland. He will participate in a 2 p.m. Friday four-candidate AARP forum in Sioux City.  O'Rourke will also hold a 5:30 p.m. Beers With Beto event at The Diving Elk, 1101 Fourth St.

On Saturday, O'Rourke will hold an 8:45 a.m. Latino meet and greet event at La Juanita restaurant, 1316 Pierce St., then speak at an 11:45 a.m. town hall meeting with a group of Democrats at The Fruited Plain Cafe in Sioux Center.

Emails show that the director of the Iowa Department of Human Services had an obsession with the late rapper Tupac Shakur during a 2-year tenure before the governor requested his resignation last month.

Jerry Foxhoven hosted weekly "Tupac Fridays" to listen to music in his office. He sent Tupac lyrics about love and change to inspire employees and he marked his own 65th birthday with Tupac-themed cookies.

While some employees praised his Tupac fixation, one complained to lawmakers last year. Reynolds surprised Foxhoven by telling him to resign one day after Foxhoven had emailed his employees asking them to celebrate Tupac's birthday.

A Reynolds spokesman says "a lot of factors" went into the decision to seek Foxhoven's resignation.

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