Tornadoes cause widespread damage in southeast Kansas


Associated Press

EUREKA, Kan.

Tornadoes ripped through southeast Kansas late Thursday, causing widespread damage in a small town, though no injuries have been reported.

The National Weather Service said Friday that preliminary data show that an EF2 tornado Thursday night struck Eureka, a town of about 2,600 residents about 60 miles east of Wichita. The tornado damaged about 50 homes and businesses, including the Eureka Nursing Center, which lost its south and west-facing walls, The Wichita Eagle reported. The weather service said another EF3 tornado hit northwest of the town, according to the early data.

Residents of the nursing home took shelter in the facility and were moved to a different facility Friday.

Levi Vinson, the Greenwood County emergency management director, said everyone has been accounted for, but crews were still “checking on some people.”

The weather service alerted Eureka’s residents to the storm at least 15 minutes before the tornado hit, he said.

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