Tornado, severe storms hit Kansas early Sunday morning

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A tornado touched down in south-central Kansas early Sunday morning.

The tornado was spotted around 3:40 a.m. about a mile south of Harper. The tornado was large but lifted not long after. Emergency management officials said there were no reports of injuries or damage. 

SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE

Several people reported damage in Mulvane and Derby, where power lines have fallen down as a result of storms. People have also reported trees being uprooted and torn apart, including an area near 79th and Webb. Some Derby schools and homes northwest of Rock Road and Madison Avenue also saw tree damage.

In central Kansas, the City of Peabody faced a second day of flooding. Some people had to evacuate their homes on the south side of town Saturday. Then, Sunday morning, the city shut down Ninth Street, between Locust and Olive, due to flooding.

POWER PROBLEMS

Storms knocked out power for thousands of Kansans. As of 8 a.m. Sunday, nearly 6,500 Westar Energy customers were without power. The biggest problems are in the Wichita and Kansas City-areas. Westar said it may take time for power to be restored due to the weather and large number of customers it has to help.

NEXT WEATHER THREAT

KAKE First Alert Meteorologist Blake Smith said Kansans could see isolated storms by Sunday afternoon, but it won’t be like what we’ve seen this weekend. The lower half of the state is the area of concern. He said we can expect to have large hail, damaging winds and localized flooding.