Tornado Touchdown in Mitchell, Jewell, and Republic Counties: Caught on Tape

(Jewell-KS) -- On Thursday afternoon Drew Switzer and Rob Peppers headed out to North Central Kansas to chase some twisters and they ended up being very successful. They first spotted a couple weak wall clouds that didn't amount to much and then Jeremy Goodwin advised them of a huge tornadic t-storm moving into Mitchell County. A huge rotating wall cloud was visible from miles away. This wall cloud had a "beaver tail" leading into the updraft and the structure of the storm had a classic "space ship" appearance. Rob and Drew chased this storm through portions of Northern Mitchell County. The video attached to this story shows the funnel cloud as it passes over HWY 181 and then Drew and Rob capture the twister as it touches down just North of Corinth. You can also see two "twin" tornadoes in the lightning flashes as night is falling. Night came quickly and Drew and Rob decided it was too dangerous to continue the chase so they pulled off and headed back to Topeka. The tornado continued Northeast through SE Jewell county where damage was reported on the South side of Jewell and then across Republic County where damage was reported on the North side of Belleville.

At this time no injuries have been reported and the National Weather service will get out tomorrow and survey the damage to place a rating on this tornado. Most of the time the tornado was on the ground it was over very rural areas with pasture and crop fields.

7:33 AM UPDATE: Scott Davies, Mitchell County Emergency Management Director says there were no injuries in the county, and no fatalities.

He says 6-to-10 homes were damaged, some minor, some extensive.

He estimates several tornadoes were on the ground.

The Red Cross is on the way, and will assess the damage.

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