UPDATE: 1 Home Destroyed, 4 Damaged In Bennington Tornado

By: KAKE News/Associated Press Email
By: KAKE News/Associated Press Email
The tornado was on the ground for 45 minutes.

Photo Courtesy KAKE First Alert Storm Tracker Steve Polley

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Kansas Emergency Management officials said a tornado that touched down in Ottawa County Tuesday night destroyed one home. The tornado was on the ground for 45 minutes.

One home west of Bennington was destroyed and four homes received minor to moderate damage. Several outbuildings were also damaged or destroyed. There were no deaths or injuries reported, but more than 100 cattle were killed at a feedlot by the storm.

Approximately 1,000 people are without power, primarily in Tescott, Ada and Culver. An estimated 100 power poles are down and power will likely not be restored for approximately 24 hours.


A tornado spent nearly 45 minutes on the ground as it moved slowly over Ottawa County.

Marie Ballou with Ottawa County Emergency Management told KAKE News early Wednesday several residences, buildings and outbuildings were damaged. She added several head of cattle were killed, but no injuries were reported. Exact numbers will be determined by daylight.

As of 7:00 a.m., Westar Energy reported 1,003 customers in Ottawa County were without power. That was down from about 1,150 at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, or about two-thirds the total number of customers in the county. But the total remained virtually unchanged all night.

KAKE Chief Meteorologist Jay Prater says the conditions for potential dangerous weather will remain Wednesday across Kansas. Forecasters say Nebraska and Oklahoma face a tornado risk as well. Check here often for updates during Severe Weather Alert Day.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The tornado was reported around 5:30 p.m. near Highway 81 and K-18 between Minneapolis and Bennington. At times, the tornado was rain-wrapped and obscured from view.

Elsewhere in Kansas, scattered property damage was reported late Tuesday afternoon in the small Nemaha County town of Corning. Authorities there said a tornado destroyed at least one home and damaged another, while several sheds and outbuildings were also hit.

Tuesday's violent weather followed an outbreak Monday night that saw at least four tornadoes in northeastern Kansas counties. Two businesses and about 20 homes in Maryville were damaged or destroyed.

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