Kan. Has Fairly Typical Tornado Year in 2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Kansas Climatologist Mary Knapp says she's not blown away by the 199 tornadoes that hit the state in 2008, even though that number is a little higher than average.

That's because even though there were 11 major twisters of at least F3 strength, none of them compared with the outbreak a year earlier that wiped out Greensburg and killed 13 people.

Knapp says ice storms, tornadoes and floods prompted three federal disaster declarations and caused about $1.5 billion in damage.

The heaviest destruction came on June 11, when twisters tore up a big part of Chapman and killed a 21-year-old college student. Tornadoes that night also caused heavy damage to the Kansas State University campus and killed a farmer in Jackson County.

In May, a Colorado couple was killed when a tornado picked up their car east of Pratt.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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