Tornado Rips through North Central Kansas

The storm cell originated in Western Kansas along the Kansas/Colorado border on Thursday evening and moved East basically along highway 24 all the way into Northeast Kansas. There were numerous reports of large hail including a report of softball size hail. The first tornado report came around 9:30pm near Hill City. This tornado lifted but the storm continued East.

The National Weather Service has been surveying the damage this afternoon and has estimated that the tornado first touch down about 4 miles North of Beloit in NE Mitchell County. The tornado continued its path of destruction to the NE near the towns of Scottsville and Jamestown before lifting in NW Cloud county. The tornado was at least a half mile wide at one point and the winds were estimated at 115mph. The tornado then touched down again in NE Cloud County and continued into SW Republic and SW Washington County before lifting around 1:40am.

Numerous damage reports have come in including the closure of Highway 14 North of Beloit because of debris and power lines in the road. Numerous structures and have also been damaged or destroyed with roofs blown off and even glass through a wall. It appears that no one was injured by the twister.

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