Sheriff: 2 with minor injuries after Kansas tornado
STRONG CITY, Kan. (KAKE) - Authorities in eastern Kansas say they are working with state and federal officials to assess the damage caused by severe weather Wednesday night.
Chase County Sheriff Jacob Welsh said National Weather Service staff was completing storm surveys on Thursday and that the county commission has approved a disaster declaration.
A tornado touched town in the Strong City area, causing damage to some buildings and power lines. Only two minor injuries were reported.
Sheriff Welsh said utility companies were working to get power restored, hopefully by the end of the day Thursday. Cottonwood Falls and Strong City will be picking up any limbs left at the curb line in the coming days.
"We have reports of damage from across the county," the sheriff said. "Homes, barns, sheds, trees, and power poles have all been reported damaged."
Any Chase County resident who have yet to report damage can do so by calling 620-273-6313. Anyone with photos of the storm and damage can send them to [email protected].
Severe weather moved through KAKEland on April 19. There was everything from a tornado in Chase County to baseball and tennis-ball-sized hail.
A funnel cloud formed and eventually turned into a tornado in Strong City that touched down multiple times causing some buildings to get damaged and power lines to come down.
Police said the tornado caused a semi to blow over and the driver suffered minor injuries.
There was also large hail in the same area.