Deadly Kansas Tornado Classified As EF3

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

A tornado that left one person dead in the small eastern Kansas town of Reading has been classified as an EF3, a category with winds ranging up to 165 mph.

National Weather Service meteorologist George Phillips says the tornados that hit the state Saturday night are still being tallied. He estimates that about six touched down in and around Reading, Emporia and Topeka as well as in east-central Kansas.

A man was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to Newman Regional Hospital in Emporia, about 20 miles from where the tornado hit Saturday night in Reading. Kansas Division of Emergency Management spokeswoman Sharon Watson says five others were injured.

About 200 homes were damaged in and around the town of about 250 people.

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