Four tornadoes touched down in Kansas on Friday. The strongest was an EF-3

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Tornado near Minneola on May 17, 2019 (James Breitenbach) Tornado near Minneola on May 17, 2019 (James Breitenbach)

The National Weather Service says four tornadoes touched down in southwest Kansas as storms pounded parts of the state Friday evening. 

A supercell developed in Beaver County, Oklahoma at around 7 p.m. and moved across parts of Meade, Clark, Ford, Edwards, Pawnee and Stafford counties in Kansas. 

The storm produced a tornado south of Plains, Kansas at around 7:40 p.m. and subsequently generated three relatively long-track tornadoes, the NWS reports. It also spawned a brief rope tornado at around 11:30 p.m. near the Barton/Stafford county line.

The tornado south of Plains was rated EF-0 with a peak estimated wind of 105 mph. It was on the ground for just under four miles and had a maximum width of 50 years. 

The next tornado was rated EF-3. It formed at 8:37 p.m. about nine miles southwest of Minneola. It had a peak estimated wind of 138 mph and was on the ground for about 45 minutes, carving a 26-mile path until it dissipated about four miles west of Ford. It's maximum width was 600 yards. 

The third twister was en EF-2 that formed northeast of Ford at 9:30 p.m.. It was on the ground for just under 15 miles and dissipated nine miles southwest of Kinsley. The tornado had a peak estimated wind of 134 mph and had a maximum width of 875 yards. 

The final tornado, also an EF-2, formed at around 10:20 p.m. just northeast of Lewis. It had a maximum wind of 127 mph and was on the ground for 11 miles as it tracked northeast. It had a maximum width of 565 yards. 

No injuries or fatalities were reported. 


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Severe storms hit parts of Kansas, leaving behind a path of destruction Friday night.

Tornadoes were spotted touching down near Dodge City -- near Lewis, Minneola, Bloom and Ford, Kan. 

Some homes were damaged. Power lines had been knocked down and caused some grass fires. KAKE News has contacted emergency managers in Ford and

Edwards Counties for updates. So far, there are no reports of serious injuries associated with these storms.