NWS investigating why tornado siren didn't sound in Kansas town

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Courtesy Marysville Advocate Courtesy Marysville Advocate

The National Weather Service is investigating why a warning wasn't issued for a small northeast Kansas town when a tornado hit the city.

The Kansas City Star reports that the EF1 tornado developed early Friday morning on the southwest side of Marysville and went through about 3:45 a.m. The twister was about 50 yards wide and produced winds of 105 mph.

No injuries were reported. A home suffered roof damage and a 3,000-gallon gasoline tank was tossed around.

National Weather Service meteorologist Bryan Baerg said sirens for the town of 3,300 people about 75 miles (121 kilometers) northwest of Topeka didn't go off because no warning was issued.

He said the Weather Service is reviewing radar and other data to see what happened and ensure that it doesn't happen again.

Previous update on Kansas weather:

Kansas officials are worrying about flooding as the number of communities facing problems grows.

Forty-six of the state's 105 counties were covered by a disaster declaration first issued by Gov. Laura Kelly earlier this month. Allen County in southeast Kansas and Pawnee and Rush in western Kansas went on the list Friday.

In Rush County, Kansas 96 was closed west of Rush Center because of flooding. Portions of at least six other state highways were closed for the same reason.

The American Red Cross operated shelters in Erie in southeast Kansas and Salina in central Kansas.

State officials said flooding could push small wild animals and even deer or coyotes out of their habitats and into populated areas and advised people to avoid feeding them and to leave them alone.