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Weather service looking into ‘confirmed tornado’ that touched down near Effingham

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.

The National Weather Service is looking into reports of a tornado near Effingham, Kansas, a meteorologist said Tuesday night.

“We have, from storm spotters and from local emergency managers who have made reports to us, that we did have a tornado touch down toward the Effingham, Kansas, area,” said Chris Gitro with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

“As of right now, we’re treating that as a confirmed tornado, and we’re going to be sending out a crew to survey the damage tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.”

As of Tuesday night, Gitro said the weather service had not received any specific reports of damage or injuries as a result of the storm near Effingham.

The weather service earlier had issued tornado warnings for parts of Atchison and Doniphan counties

One warning was issued for western Doniphan County and north-central Atchison County after storm spotters observed a tornado near Denton, 11 miles east of Horton, moving northeast at 40 mph at 7:26 p.m., the weather service said.

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Earlier, at 7:10 p.m., a severe thunderstorm “capable of producing a tornado” was located near Effingham, 8 miles southeast of Horton, prompting a warning for southwestern Doniphan County and northwestern Atchison County.

Both warnings have since expired.

Some took to Twitter Tuesday night to share photos from the storm in Effingham:

Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.

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