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Highway Patrol: 20 homes damaged in Kansas storms


Officials: At least 2 hurt, homes damaged in Kansas storms

Matt Cox, of Dodge City, Kansas, captured a picture of the sky after dual tornadoes hit the area on Tuesday May 24th.

“We’ve probably had well over 100 rescues of people from cars”, said Darren Hess, deputy emergency management coordinator for Montgomery County in Texas.

Lightning strikes cloud-to-cloud along a county road near Lawrence, Kan., Thursday, May 26, 2016.

Officials and residents search for a boy who went missing on Tuesday, May 24, in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

The twister was on the ground for more than an hour Wednesday night.

A “low grade” tornado ripped through parts of Brazos County, Texas, about 12:30 p.m. Thursday. The other four tornadoes were rated EF-0. The tornado stayed on the ground for 90 minutes and 25 miles. No deaths or serious injuries have been reported, according to the release. Preliminary reports indicate that at least one of the tornadoes was a half-mile wide.

Warnings, the last of which expired at 4:15 p.m., covered the areas of northeastern Kiowa County near the Kansas border, and Cheyenne County including the areas northwest of Sheridan Lake.

Trooper Ben Gardner, a spokesman for the Kansas Highway Patrol, said today that emergency crews were assessing homes in the hardest-hit part of the county to ensure no one was trapped or in need of help.

On Tuesday, tornadoes in western Kansas injured at least two people, and one person drowned in central Oklahoma amid heavy rain.

“Some of these storms are capable of producing tornadoes”, says Bill Bunting, chief of forecast operations at the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

A tornado is seen south of Dodge City, Kansas moving north on May 24, 2016 in Dodge City, Kansas. “Numerous” miles of power lines were extensively damaged, along with a set of railroad tracks, Kansas officials said Thursday.

The most damage in Kansas was reported in Ford and Hodgeman counties, where a storm dropped multiple tornadoes during a two-hour span Tuesday night, said meteorologist Andrew White of the National Weather Service office in Dodge City.

The National Weather Service says large hail will be the main threat from Thursday’s storms but damaging winds and a few tornadoes could also be possible.

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