Emergency Management Monitoring Severe Storms

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka is activated and will be staffed on a 24-hour basis until further notice to respond to emergency management officials across the state.

KDEM is currently tracking weather-related damages as reports are provided from counties. Damage reports have been centered around tree damage, power outages, and lightning strikes.

Power outages are reported in several Northwest, Northeast, Central and Southeast Kansas counties. Tree damage and minor flooding is also reported, but there have been no reports of injuries.

Six structures, including one home, were damaged northwest of Ellinwood in Barton County. Hoisington had one structure with damage. Great Bend had two businesses with roof damage and the Great Bend Airport suffered minor damage.

A small tornado touched down in Rush County between 6:30 and 7 p.m. approximately five miles east of Bison on K-4. No fatalities or injuries were reported, but a grain silo and outbuildings were damaged. Trees and tree limbs are reported down, along with flash flooding.

The county received approximately 4 1/2 inches of rain in a 60-90 minute period; and the town of Timken received baseball to softball-sized hail. The county is experiencing flooding on roadways and some flooded roadways have been barricaded. County emergency management officials have issued public information messages to residents discouraging travel due to widespread flooding.

Earlier tonight, two people were killed in Barton County when high winds propelled a tree into their van near St. John on Highway 281.

KDEM will provide updates on significant events/damage from this storm system as information is available.


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