Widespread heavy rains will fall across the entire area this weekend. Some areas may receive around 3 inches of rain by Sunday which will cause flooding of low lying areas, creeks and eventually rivers across the area. In addition some roads may become flooded. TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN! Read More >
An isolated supercell thunderstorm formed over Ottawa County in north central KS on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, and this storm went on to produce 4 tornadoes. The first tornado touched down at around 6:08 PM 3 miles south of Minneapolis and was on the ground for approximately 1 minute. The second tornado that occurred was a long-track violent EF4 tornado that was on the ground for over an hour and up to a 1/2 mile wide at times. The tornado developed just north of Niles Kansas around 707pm and moved ESE damaging and destroying everything in its path as it passed 2-3 miles north of the city of Abilene. The tornado then appeared to weaken for a time as it moved to the northeast of Abilene however it re-intensified and took a southeast turn as it approached interstate 70 and then went on to produce the most severe damage after crossing interstate 70 just a mile or two southwest of the city of Chapman. The tornado then moved east passing 1 mile south of Chapman and finally dissipated between 835 and 840pm just west of the Dickinson and Geary County line.
Based on spotter reports, there were 2 additional tornadoes that developed from this same storm. The third tornado occurred approximately 3 miles south of Alta Vista in Morris County, and there were reports of structural damage to at least one barn and 4 power-line poles that were snapped. The fourth tornado occurred approximately 6 miles south of Eskridge in Wabaunsee County.
Following is a summary of the damage survey conducted by the National Weather Service.
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