UPDATE: Baxter Springs tornado rated an EF-2

By: Associated Press Email
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BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. The National Weather Service said the tornado that hit a southeast Kansas town had peak winds between 120 and 130 miles per hour. A damage survey was conducted in Baxter Springs, Kansas today.

The tornado has been classified as an EF-2, with estimated peak winds between 120 and 130 miles per hour. The tornado reached maximum width of 150 yards, and damage was found in a path 4.25 miles long.


A tornado that tore through the southeastern Kansas town of Baxter Springs left 25 people injured and more than 100 homes and businesses damaged.

Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves said Monday that nine of the 25 injured in Sunday's storm were hospitalized with injuries that are not considered life-threatening. He says a person who died Sunday night suffered from a medical condition and the death was not attributed to the storm.

An assessment found the storm damaged 100 homes, ranging from minor to total destruction. Twelve businesses also were damaged.

Groves said workers are restoring power to about 40 percent of the community and to 91 residents whose gas was disconnected after the twister, which was 2 miles long and 2 blocks wide.

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Residents in a southeast Kansas town are expressing gratitude that they survived a tornado that injured at least 25 people and destroyed dozens of homes and businesses.

The tornado that hit Baxter Springs Sunday evening left a trail of shattered homes, twisted metal and hanging power lines. One person died, but it was not clear whether the death was related to the storm. Volunteers were meeting early Monday to discuss cleanup efforts.

Emergency officials say 60 to 70 homes and 20 to 25 businesses were destroyed or damaged in the town.

Sue McBride woke up Monday at a Red Cross emergency shelter. She said she saw the tornado coming and was able to get inside her home before glass started flying around her. She says she survived without a scratch.

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First responders are going house to house in a southeast Kansas town where heavy damage was reported to several homes from a powerful thunderstorm.

Cherokee County sheriff's dispatcher Josh Harvey says people were being kept out of Baxter Springs early Sunday evening after the storm struck.

Harvey said there were no immediate, confirmed reports of injuries, but authorities from several agencies were checking all homes.

The damage was blamed on high thunderstorm winds around 5:40 p.m. as a series of storms rolled through the region.

Baxter Springs has about 4,200 residents. The town is located six miles north of Quapaw, Okla., where a dispatcher said two people were killed Sunday when a tornado struck about 5:30 p.m.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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