Press Release from Governor Sam Brownback's office:
Governor Declares State of Emergency after deadly storms leave trail of damage in northeast Kansas
Governor Sam Brownback declared a state of emergency after strong storms, including reports of several tornadoes, tore through northeast Kansas Saturday night killing one person and leaving behind significant damage in the town of Reading in Lyon County. Kansas Division of Emergency Management staff worked with local authorities who confirmed one person was killed in Reading and approximately 200 homes in and around the town sustained damaged (minor to major damage). At least 20 homes were destroyed, those located primarily in the town.
Reports of a tornado touching down in Reading came in shortly after 9:15 p.m. Preliminary information indicates five people hurt, in addition to the fatality. Power has been out for much of the community since the storm hit. Residents were asked to gather at the grade school if their homes were inhabitable.