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Seven tornadoes touched down in northeast Kansas on Tuesday, NWS says

Dark cloud and tornado spotted in Effingham, Kansas

A tornado touched down in Effingham, Kansas, on May 21, according to the National Weather Service citing local reports.
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A tornado touched down in Effingham, Kansas, on May 21, according to the National Weather Service citing local reports.

Update, 7 p.m. Wednesday:

The National Weather Service on Wednesday confirmed that at least seven tornadoes touched down in northeast Kansas on Tuesday. No injuries or deaths were reported with any of the tornadoes.

The first tornado touched down at at around 4:32 p.m. about 4.2 miles south of Enterprise in Dickinson County, the National Weather Service office in Topeka said. It stayed on the ground for about 14 minutes and traveled about 7.7 miles. The EF-1 twister had estimated peak wind speeds of 105 mph and damaged some trees and power lines in rural areas.

Another tornado touched down along I-70 in Dickinson County about 1.5 miles east of Chapman at around 4:52 p.m. It was on the ground for about 31 minutes and traveled around 17.7 miles, going into Geary County and crossing Milford Lake into the U.S. Army base at Fort Riley. No damage was reports from the EF-0 tornado with estimated peak wind speeds of 75 mph.

“Based on radar and spotter reports, the tornado was at is largest as it crossed Milford Lake,” the weather service said.

In Shawnee County, an EF-0 tornado touched down at around 6:10 p.m. about 2 miles east of Rossville. It was on the ground for about 22 minutes and traveled about 12.6 miles and into Jackson County. It had estimated peak wind speeds of 80 mph, and damage reports included trees and power lines.

The next tornado touched down about half a mile southwest of Mayetta in Jackson County at around 6:38 p.m. and stayed on the ground for about 22 minutes. The EF-2 twister with estimated peak wind speeds of 115 mph traveled about 17.2 miles, including through the western side of Mayetta. Several buildings were damaged in the town and at least one house in a rural area.

Two tornadoes touched down in Nemaha County. The first was a small, brief twister reported at 7:06 p.m. It traveling about 3 miles in about 7 minutes. It was rated an EF-1 with estimated peak wind speeds of 100 mph.

The NWS described the other tornado as “short-lived but powerful.” It touched down at around 7:20 p.m. and traveled about 5.2 miles in about 8 minutes. It was rated an EF-3 with estimated peak wind speeds of 140 mph. Damage reports included at least one home that was in the middle of the tornado’s path, several other structures, trees and power lines.

At around 7:07 p.m., and EF-1 tornado with estimated peak wind speeds of 90 mph touched down northwest of Effingham, the NWS office in Kansas City said. The tornado traveled about 5.4 miles in Atchison County.

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Update, 7:45 p.m.:

The National Weather Service in Topeka has received more reports of tornadoes in northeast Kansas.

Three reports of tornadoes in Nemaha County were received at around 6:20 p.m. At around the same time, tornado reports were made in Brown and Atchison counties.

Two more tornado reports were received from Jackson County between 6:45 and 7 p.m.

Update, 6:45 p.m.:

The weather service has received three more reports of tornadoes in the Topeka area. Two reports were just north of Rossville in Shawnee County, and the third was in southwest Jackson County. All three reports were submitted between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m.

Original story:

The National Weather Service office in Topeka has received multiple reports of tornadoes in Dickinson and Geary counties Tuesday afternoon.

The 11 reports of tornadoes came in between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., according to NWS local storm reports. It is not immediately clear exactly how many official tornadoes touched down during that time span.

Among the reports were a tornado on the U.S. Army base at Fort Riley, a tornado just south of Milford Lake between Chapman and Junction City, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper reporting a rain-wrapped tornado along I-70, and a tornado east of Enterprise that snapped power poles.

As of that time Westar Energy, reported two power outages southeast of Enterprise affecting about 100 customers.

Photos and videos of storms and damage can be submitted to The Eagle online at www.kansas.com/customer-service/submit-photo/.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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