Sheriff: Tornado causes damage in Barton County

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A central Kansas sheriff says severe weather caused damage as stormed tore through the state on Sunday.

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said several strong storms developed in the county after 5 p.m. Funnel clouds were spotted north of Great Bend and west of Ellinwood. 

"Sheriff’s deputies went to the area and discovered damage near the intersection of SE. 30 Rd. and Southeast 120 Avenue," Sheriff Bellendir said in a news release. "Several structures at Barton County Feeders were damaged as well as other agricultural buildings and equipment in the area."

Power lines were also destroyed, and some residents in southeast Barton County were without power Monday morning. 

Bellendir said in appears a tornado was on the ground for approximately two miles. Golf ball-sized hail was also observed in the area. No injuries were reported.

Severe storms possible through Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a “hazardous weather outlook” statement for Monday and Monday evening.

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