NWS Rates Marysville Tornado An EF-2 Based On Preliminary Information

By: Ariana Cohen and Josh Mabry
By: Ariana Cohen and Josh Mabry
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MARYSVILLE, Kan. (WIBW)-- The National Weather Service told 13 News Tuesday a tornado that hit areas around Marysville Monday night was rated an EF-2, producing winds between 11 and 135 miles per hour, according to preliminary reports.

Chad Omitt from the National Weather Service was dispatched Tuesday to assess damage from Monday night's storm. Omitt said around noon Tuesday that the EF-2 rating was preliminary. He planned to continue assessing damage in the Marysville area Tuesday afternoon.

An EF-2 is considered a "significant" tornado event.

A Marshall County emergency management director reported multiple businesses along with dozens of homes damaged after a tornado touched down near Marysville Monday night.

A tornado warning was issued around 9:30 p.m. as a storm moved through Marshall County. The tornado itself was reported about a mile Northwest of Marysville traveling about 45 miles per hour, moving East/Northeast.

Emergency management officials said early Tuesday that a John Deere Dealership, Oregon Trail Equipment along with Precision Truss, a lumber company, sustained damage in the storm. Precision Truss appeared to be a total loss.

Officials tell 13 News that an estimated 40 homes sustained heavy damage and that some livestock was lost but no injuries or fatalities were reported as of early Tuesday morning.

Marshall County Emergency Management Director Bill Schwindamann said Tuesday that at least three quarters of the county was without power and crews were working through the night to restore power. He said several local, county and state fire departments and law enforcement assisted in a home to home search of the damaged areas.

Teams continued search and assessment of the area Tuesday morning.

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