WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Larry Ruthi is the meteorologist in charge of the
Dodge City branch of the National Weather Service. He said that on
Friday evening, there were five large tornadoes on the ground at
the same time, an event he called ``pretty amazing.''
Officials said four people are believed to have died and several
more were reported injured in the storms.
Preliminary data from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration)'s Storm Prediction Center shows 87 tornadoes in
Kansas on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The final number will likely
be lower because some of those reports are likely to be different
angles of the same tornado.
While WaKeeney and Protection both reported damage from
tornadoes, meteorologists said twisters almost hit more than a
dozen other cities, including Greensburg.
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