One year after rare October tornadoes

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October 6, 2016 | Courtesy Sarah Alexander - Salina October 6, 2016 | Courtesy Sarah Alexander - Salina

A Saline County family is still waiting to move back home after severe storms spawned tornadoes one year ago today.  

On October 6th, 2016, tornadoes touched down, damaging several homes in the county. One was destroyed.

That was Lisa McDowell’s home, which is just off Whitmore Road, KSAL reports. No one was home when the tornado struck. Her dog was in a kennel that flew through the air and into a pole. The pup survived.

The National Weather Service rated that tornado an EF-3, with a peak wind of 140 miles-per-hour. A year later, McDowell is still waiting to move into a new home being built on the property. She hopes to be moved in by the end of the month.

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The Donald and Helen Lund farmstead on east Magnolia was also hit by a tornado, an EF-2. It tore through a machine shed on the property and badly damaged an uninhabited home. Farm equipment and implements including tractors and a combine where thrown hundreds of yards into a field. 

The tornadoes downed power lines throughout eastern Saline County and into Dickinson County. Tornadoes were also reports that day in Cowley County.

No injuries were reported. 

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