Storm Damage

By: KAKE News
By: KAKE News

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The day after at least one tornado hit the southwest Kansas town of Liberal, officials say timely warnings prevented deaths and injuries.

Property damage still is being assessed.

The tornado damaged several homes in a trailer park in far northwest Liberal. Authorities say the twister also might be responsible for tearing part of the roof off the Southwest Kansas Vocational-Technical School.

A total of 12 buildings and homes were damaged. But most of that damage was done by straight-line winds. Parts of Liberal are still without power.

Seward County's emergency preparedness coordinator, Greg Standard, says the worst hail fell in a swath five miles wide and seven miles long near Kismet. Hail the size of golf balls was reported drifting across roads.

The Kansas governor's office has declared a state disaster for Seward, Meade, Clark, Ford and Sumner counties.

Gov. Sebelius plans to visit Liberal on Monday.

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