Two Confirmed Tornadoes Struck Tuesday Night

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(WIBW) -- Officials have rated a tornado that passed through the Northeast Kansas community of Bern, Kansas late Tuesday.

Preliminary reports from the National Weather Service classify the tornado that struck Tuesday around 10:30 p.m. as an EF-3. An EF-3 carries winds from 136- 165 mph.

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Todd Swart of the Nemaha County Emergency Management reported damage along a narrow path from west of Bern in a "southeastern direction" just after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday as storms crossed the counties of Northeast Kansas.

Swart also said the storm knocked down power lines and trees, but as of Wednesday morning there were no serious injuries associated with the storm and no livestock killed.

Late Tuesday a 13 News viewer reported 2 barns down and uprooted trees approximately 1 mile Southwest of Bern. That's where 13 News crews caught up with a farmer named Henry, Wednesday morning. Most of his farm was destroyed by overnight storms.

In Brown County, 52 empty Union Pacific rail cars were blown over 2 miles east of Willis. The National Weather Service has rated this tornado as an EF-1 with winds of 86 - 110mph.

In Atchison County, Emergency Manager Wesley Lanter said a trained spotter spotted a funnel cloud, but it never touched the ground. Lanter reported heavy rain, 50-plus mile-per-hour winds and flash flooding took town trees and power poles. He also said the storm damaged an awning at a car wash, but no injuries and no further damage.

Southeast of Hiawatha in the community of Robinson, a trained storm spotter reported that an attached deck was blown off of a home, and that a large tree was also blown over.

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