Tornado's Tail Swipes Quenemo

QUENEMO, Kan. (WIBW) - Rafters hanging from trees, metal and insulation dangling like decorations.

It wasn't your usual Sunday morning in Quenemo.

The Osage County town took the tail of a tornado that tore through Reading to the west. Luckily, it didn't take the same sort of hit that community did.

The National Weather Service says the tornado skipped through Quenemo before lifting about three miles east of town. It destroyed two sheds and tipped a tree onto a person's back porch, doing minimal damage to the home. Tree limbs, leaves and debris littered the town and family, friends and community members were hard at word Sunday morning, helping with the cleanup.

"We're close neighbors," Lori Meiers said as the rafters from neighbor John Knight's shed dangled from the trees in her yard.

The Meier's family rode out the Saturday night storm from the home of a relative who had a basement. Duane Meier said you could hear a lot of noise as it came through.

The Meier's neighbor, John Wilson, stayed in his home as the storm hit. He described it as a seismic event, rocking the house. It was Wilson's home that had the tree on its back deck. He says there's a hole in the siding, but it didn't come all the way into the house or cause it to leak.

Wilson also had tree limbs cave in the cab of a truck in his driveway. Adding sting to the situation - a limb resting at the end of Wilson's driveway was home to a still-bustling beehive.

Power crews worked through the night getting lights back on. By Sunday morning, a National Weather service team was among those taking in the damage. People in Quenemo say they're glad there wasn't anything more for them to see.

The NWS estimated the damage in Quenemo at EF 0 to EF 1 severity.


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