One building, a farm shed/storage barn, car wash, and three camping trailers were destroyed. Tree limbs, power lines and poles are down as a result of the storm. Downed power lines forced the closure of U.S. 183 north of town and K-4 west of town. No injuries were reported. The county will continue to assess damage Saturday.
State assistance was not requested, and the Kansas Department of Emergency Operations Center was not activated. But the Kansas Department of Emergency Management staff monitored the storms throughout the night. KDEM will work with Rush County and Russell County to further determine the extent of the damage.
Friday May 25, 2012
A line of severe storms moved through north-central Kansas Friday evening.
Several tornadoes touched down in Rush, Russell and Ellis counties. There are no reports of serious injuries or fatalities, but there is damage.
Several buildings were damaged or destroyed when a tornado moved through the town just before ten o'clock.
A beauty salon had its windows smashed. There are also reports of damage to a grocery store and possibly some mobile homes. There are tree limbs and debris on vehicles.
Power outages are reported. A few mobile homes were also damaged.
Authorities are surveying damage on the southside of Russell. A trained storm spotter reported at least one home destroyed. The homeowner has cuts and bruises.
Damage is also reported to three buildings south of Interstate 70. A Russell County dispatcher says everyone in those buildings is accounted for.
Power outages are reported.
Parts of Highways 183 and 281 were also closed or restricted due to downed power lines.
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