(TOPEKA, Kan.) — STATE ACTIVATES EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER IN RESPONSE TO SEVERE STORM SYSTEM; KANSANS URGED TO REMAIN ON ALERT
In response to a massive storm system moving across Kansas, the Kansas Division of Emergency management activated the State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka earlier this afternoon. KDEM personnel will be monitoring the storms as they move across the state and be ready to provide response assistance to counties affected by the storms.
The first wave of thunderstorms began hitting Northeast Kansas at approximately 1 p.m., moving eastward to central Kansas. KDEM personnel are contacting emergency managers to determine the extent of damages. Reports so far include farm outbuildings and a home damaged near Lorretta in Rush County.
Minor wind damages have been reported in Russell County. These damages include power lines and trees down throughout the county. K-18 is closed near Luray and Lucas due to power lines on the road. Estimated 500 residences are without power, plus random rural customers. Minor flooding is reported in some low lying areas.