NWS confirms Tuesday night tornadoes

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SALINA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The National Weather Service has confirmed Tuesday's storms generated at least three twisters in northeast Kansas.

(Courtesy: Katie Hurocy)

The stronger one, rated as an EF-3, swept through the Saline and Ottawa counties around 8 p.m. Approximately a half-mile wide, the tornado touched down about 4.5 miles southwest of Tescott and stayed on the ground for nearly twenty minutes, finally stopping about three miles west of Minneapolis.

With wind speeds reaching 140 mph, the NWS says the "longer-tracked and violent wedge tornado" caused damage to multiple buildings as it cut through the area.

Another weaker tornado touched down about an hour earlier in Cloud Co. Rated at an EF-1, the tornado lasted 11 minutes, traveling more than five miles. Its wind speeds were estimated to reach 105 mph.

A third one was recorded in Clay Co. around 9 p.m. and also was rated an EF-1. According to the NWS, it moved across a sparsely populated area and did not damage too much.

More severe weather is expected on Wednesday as well. As of 2:20 p.m., most of northeast Kansas was under a tornado watch.