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During the evening on Sunday May 24, 2015, a tornado producing supercell produced numerous tornadoes from near Kismet in Seward county to just south of Dodge City. Several were visually very large but as it turned out damage was not extensive. The strongest tornado based on damage was one that started about 7 miles southwest of Ensign and ended up dissipating just ENE northeast of Ensign. Unfortunately a home received major damage from the tornado. Along the path there was low end EF2 damage and then EF1 damage was done to the home and surroundings. A car that had been parked in the driveway was carried across the road (there were no visible skid marks) and then slammed into a field just north of the house. Fortunately the occupants of the home had sought shelter and were not injured.

Another tornado that appeared to be up to a mile wide based on visual reports, damaged a couple of outbuildings and and overturned about a dozen pivot irrigation sprinklers. This tornado formed just northeast of Kismet and ended up passing just northwest of Plains before dissipating north of Plains.

Interactive map of tornado tracks and damage points (click and zoom available).

 

Dodge City WSR-88D Reflectivity and Velocity images and animated loops from the four longer track tornadoes.

                           Plains KS Tornado Image                                                Montezuma KS Tornado Image

   

 

                          Ensign KS Tornado Image                                                 Dodge City KS Tornado Image

  

 

                               Animinated loop of tornadoes over Seward and Meade counties.

 

                      Animinated loop of tornadoes over Gray, Ford and far northern Meade counties. 

 

                                              Damage Photo Near Ensign KS