TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Several tornadoes spun through northeast Kansas on Tuesday evening capping a day filled with rain and flooding.
Tornado damage east of Seneca, Kansas (WIBW/Shawn Wheat)
A line of twisters first popped up shortly before 5 p.m. stretching from near Abilene and continuing north of Junction City. A little more than an hour later, during the 13 Weather team's live storm coverage, one was seen forming in the northwest corner of Shawnee Co. (watch it form in the video above). That line continued into Jackson Co.
Jackson Co. Sheriff Tim Morse told 13 NEWS a home at 166 Road and R Road, near Mayetta, suffered significant damage and at least two more homes and a few barns were damaged. No injuries were reported.
Multiple tornadoes were reported north of Seneca as well. Nemaha Co. Emergency Manager Russell Lierz said one of them knocked down a power line onto Hwy. 36, east of Seneca. Authorities closed the highway at P Road.
Lierz said it stayed on the ground for six miles, passing Bern and heading into Nebraska. Two homes suffered some roof damage, and several outbuildings were damaged too, but fortunately, like Jackson Co., no injuries were reported.
After the storms passed, 650 Free State Electric Coop customers in the Silver Lake and Delia areas were left without power. The utility says it may be a while before all power is restored.
Dickinson Co. Emergency Management also reported five utility poles snapped southwest of Chapman, bringing down power lines. Westar crews were on scene shortly after the tornado warning was cancelled to help repair to poles and lines. No injuries were reported.