WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ The National Weather Service says
preliminary reports show that an EF-3 tornado struck the southeast
side of Wichita this weekend.
Jim Keeney, a meteorologist with the weather service, said
Sunday that the tornado that hit Wichita late Saturday has been
given a preliminary ranking of EF-3 based on damage there. Another
tornado that hit Ellsworth County Saturday has been rated an EF-4.
No fatalities were reported in the storms in Kansas, but
extensive damage was reported in Sedgwick and Rice counties.
Keeney said the ratings are preliminary, and final rankings will
likely be available Monday.
The weather service says the EF Scale is used to assign a
tornado a `rating' based on estimated wind speeds and damage. The
tornado scale ranges from EF-1 to EF-5, which is the worst.