Large Tornadoes Touch Down In Kansas

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UPDATE: Saturday, April 14, 2012

A large tornado was reported on the ground near Geneseo in Rice County after 5:00 p.m. The same storm was heading toward Salina at 6:20 p.m.

A tornado watch has been issued until 2:00 a.m. Sunday for much of Central and Eastern Kansas. Wichita and Sedgwick County are included in the watch area. Other cities in the watch area include El Dorado, Emporia, Topeka and Manhattan.

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Officials at McConnell Air Force Base say due to increased weather alerts and the potential for damaging hail, they have begun to relocate some aircraft.

UPDATE: Saturday, April 14, 2012

Weather damage reports are coming in from around KAKEland.

A tornado touched down briefly near Timken, KS in rush County around 4:00 p.m.

Near the city of Russell and also on Highway 18 between Lucas and Luray, strong winds have snapped power lines and knocked down some power poles. In Lucas, some outbuildings have been damaged.

Near Wichita, Sedgwick County emergency dispatchers says they've taken reports of strong winds knocking powe rlines down in the 16500 block of West Pawnee.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

A Tornado Watch is in effect for most of Western and Central Kansas until 6pm. Wichita is NOT included in the watch, but may be included later today. Cities in the watch area include Hutchinson, Salina, Great Bend, Garden City, Dodge City, Liberal & McPherson.

The Storm Prediction Center regards this as a particularly dangerous situation.

A large cone tornado was reported west of Burdett in Pawnee County at 2:28 p.m.

At 12:16 p.m. a storm spotter reported damage to a house, power lines down, metal from building blown into fields one mile south of Rush Center. That's south of Hays on US-183. Damage is also reported east of Rush Center.

Road signs were damaged on I-70 In Russell County. Russell County Emergency Management reports flooding and some county roads washed out.

Scattered storms will continue to develop, especially east of Dodge City through the afternoon and evening. Any storm that develops has the potential to produce very large hail and isolated strong tornadoes.

Also, storm will continue to move between 50 to 60 miles per hour. This means there will not be much prep time to take cover. Have a plan in place in case you need to seek shelter. A storm this morning near Ellis moved at 70 miles per hour.

Stay aware all day and stay with the KAKEland WeatherPlex for the latest on this evolving severe weather situation.

Meteorologists Jay Prater and Blake Smith, as well as the team of KAKEland Storm Chasers will be here to help keep you safe.

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