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The days surrounding (and including) Memorial Day 2019 will be remembered as a particularly stormy and wet period, featuring multiple rounds of rain and severe weather within the NWS Hastings coverage area. Sunday (May 26) saw widespread rain with embedded lines of thunderstorms. These storms primarily produced very heavy rainfall amounts of 2-4", which caused areas of flooding in lowlands, rivers and streams. However, two brief tornadoes also developed, one during the evening near Upland, NE (Franklin County) and the second one near Tipton, KS (Mitchell County) on the very early AM of the 27th. The tornado near Upland was rated EF-1 and the tornado near Tipton, KS was rated EF-0. Both tornadoes caused damage to residences and outbuildings/garages. Behind the line of storms, a wake low developed in north central KS which produced wind gusts up to 70 mph that downed trees and damaged a carport.

On Memorial Day (May 27), thunderstorms redeveloped during the evening, producing another round of heavy rain and severe weather, including a brief tornado in Superior (Nuckolls County). This weak tornado, rated EF-0, destroyed a detached garage and damaged a nearby fence and trees.  The following day (Tuesday the 28th) featured intense supercell storm development along a sharp warm front in north central KS. One of these storms produced the most intense tornado of all three days within our local area, an EF-2 that first touched down in extreme northern Russell County (near Waldo) before tracking northeast for 22 miles across rural portions of southeastern Osborne and southwestern Mitchell counties before lifting near Tipton. The tornado was witnessed by several storm chasers, county officials and local residents. It caused damage at primarily three farmsteads, including: destroying a grain bin and several outbuildings. 
See below for more details regarding each of the aforementioned tornadoes, including path maps, damage photos etc.


Radar Loop: 3:30 PM May 26th - 7:00 AM May 27th Radar Loop: 7:00 PM May 27th - 6:00 AM May 28th Radar Loop: 3:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 28th
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