Tornadoes touch down in central Kansas

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May 18, 2013|by Jessica Reber | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

(WICHITA, Kan.) — At least four tornadoes have touched down in a tornado outbreak Saturday night, destroying one house in Pawnee County.

The first tornado warning was issued in Trego County around 5:30 p.m. after radar indicated a strong rotation. Storm spotters in the area reported seeing a lowering wall cloud, though a tornado never touched the ground.

A large wall cloud was also reported near Ellis, then moved over Hays. The storm dropped large hail and damaging winds. There were reports of downed trees.

The storm continued to intensify as it moved east, producing two tornadoes in Russell, Pawnee and Rush counties. A classic cone tornado touched down near Rozel, destroying one home. No one was hurt. Powerlines were also down along highway 156.

A tornado also touched down west of Great Bend, destroying a barn. No one was hurt.


Severe storms are also to blame for knocking down powerlines and blowing over a trailer in Nickerson around 9:30 p.m.

Authorities in Minneapolis are still assessing storm damage after strong winds moved through the Ottawa County community around 10:30 p.m. There are reports of gusts stronger than 80 mph with the storm.

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