UPDATE: Chautauqua tornado rated EF1

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By: KAKE News - Email
Parts of southern Kansas dealt with dangerous storms late Monday night, including at least two tornadoes.

Photo taken near Cedar Vale, courtesy of Robert Rogers.

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WICHITA, Kan. — Parts of southern Kansas dealt with dangerous storms late Monday night, including at least two tornadoes.

One tornado developed southeast of the Chautauqua County town of Cedar Vale, before moving toward Elgin. The National Weather Service classified the tornado as an EF1, which can have estimated winds between 86 and 110 mph.

Crews are still assessing damage that includes trees and utility poles down, at least two homes with windows blown out and barn damage.

Jim Harvey lives north of Hewins. Harvey says about eight o'clock Monday night the storm arrived knocking out a window in his house and destroying his barn.

Harvey says, "Tornado. Yea, it came in through, came in a little bit from the south and the west took the barn and the trees and the car port and done some damage to the house."

Another barn on a nearby farm had damage to its roof.

Folks in Elgin a few miles to the east of Hewins heard the report of the tornado in Hewins. It gave many residents time to seek shelter. Several said they went to the town's church and sheltered in the basement.

Earlier, another tornado formed in southeast Cowley County. Emergency officials say a small rope tornado developed about four miles south of Dexter, but didn't stay on the ground for long.

In McPherson County, flooding was reported in low lying areas where four to six inches of rain fell. Some street signs were also knocked down, but have since been repaired.

In Marion County, emergency workers said high winds ripped the roof off the water tower in Hillsboro. A tree limb went through the wall of a house in Marion and a semi was toppled by the gusty winds.

No injuries were reported during the storms.

The National Weather Service office in Wichita sent a tornado damage survey team to Cowley and Chautauqua Counties.

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