Tornado Rips Through Western Kansas
A fast-moving tornado Friday night spit baseball-sized hail, toppled grain bins and damaged farm houses in western Kansas.
The twister touched down near Sheriff Tom Jones’ patrol car in Thomas County, about 60 miles from the Colorado state line in the northwestern part of the state.
“Everything got quiet for a brief second, then there was like an explosion,” Jones said.
“Ahead of us Dumpsters and large sheeting started flying across the airport. I presume (the tornado) went right over me.”
A woman whose house was “blown away” was treated at a hospital and released, Jones said.
The twister damaged eight farm houses, and some residents suffered cuts and bruises, said Sheridan County sheriff’s dispatcher Mike Mullins.
It blew down grain bins, blew roofs off houses and downed power lines as it moved eastward across the state.
Severe thunderstorms were forecast for the weekend across the Plains from the Dakotas and Minnesota into Texas.
Widespread tornadoes, large hail, damaging winds and intense downpours were possible, especially in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and western sections of Missouri and Arkansas.
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