Southwest Kansas tornado appeared strong, but spared structures

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Courtesy: Amanda Coffey Courtesy: Amanda Coffey

The National Weather Service says an EF-0 tornado that touched down in southwest Kansas on Tuesday "appeared to be rather strong" but didn't do any major damage.

The twister was on the ground for 10 minutes, beginning at 4:44 p.m. and carved a path 100 yards wide north of Ensign. It missed structures, but scoured muddy fields flung residual crop debris on power lines. No injuries were reported.

Storms in southwest Kansas as well as in the Wichita area dumped heavy rain and large hail on Tuesday.

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The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories.

  • EF-0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
  • EF-1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
  • EF-2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
  • EF-3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
  • EF-4...Violent...166 To 200 mph
  • EF-5...Violent...>200 mph 


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