Tornado Hitting Kansas This Week

Tornado Hitting Kansas This Week
Storm Chasing with The Weather Channel’s Tornado Hunt Team Anthony Quintano / Flickr CC BY 2.0
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Parts of Kansas witnessed severe storms on Sunday evening.


Advancing into the night, these storms gave way to hail, strong winds, and heavy rainfall. Two tornadoes reportedly occurred as a result of the severe weather. The storms had started to abate by sunset as they continued to progress into the north and east across the state.

As reported by Kansas City, one tornado touched down in Trego County shortly after 6 p.m. on Sunday. On the other hand, the second one touched down in northern Ellis County at around 7:20 p.m. There have been no reports of injuries or damage to property.

A tornado watch was issued for parts of Kansas – including Dodge City, Salina and Wichita – until 10 p.m. Russell County was also placed under a tornado warning until 11:45 p.m. With the storm showing persistent rotation, residents in Russell have been urged to take shelter.

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As of 10:30 p.m., southern Ellis County and northern Rush County had been relieved from their tornado warnings. Large hail springing from a weather system progressing northeast is possible in the area. As reported by KWCH, storms moving through Pawnee and Edwards County have also resulted in hail. LaCrosse in Rush County witnessed almost quarter-sized hail.

Heavy rainfall is expected to continue in areas closer to Wichita. Northern Butler County, where hail was reported earlier in the evening, will be lashed with a potential storm. There was a possibility of hail resulting from storms north of Alva, Oklahoma, affecting south central Kansas.

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