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Severe Storms Possible Through Thursday Night

Severe T-storms will be possible later this afternoon and tonight mainly north of I-70 with damaging winds and large hail the main hazards. More widespread severe storms are expected to impact the entire area later Thursday evening mainly after 4 pm. Have a way to monitor the weather on your phone and have a plan in place to shelter quickly in the case a warning is issued! Read More >

Overview

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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