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A few widely separated severe thunderstorms developed late Monday afternoon across central Kansas with a slow southward movement along a weak frontal boundary in an extremely unstable atmosphere.  A supercell thunderstorm moved slowly south-southwest across part of Rice and northern Reno counties, producing hail up to baseball size along with a tornado which began in rural areas of southeast Rice County and moved slowly southwest into Reno County, passing just east of Nickerson. The tornado did extensive damage to hardwood trees and destroyed an un-anchored home just northeast of Nickerson where EF-3 damage (150-165 mph) was indicated.  The maximum width of this tornado was estimated at 350 yards with a path length of nearly 5.3 miles.  

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Video courtesy of Justin WatkinsDescription of video: Hutchinson Kansas tornado 7/13/2015 Drone footage


Video Courtesy of Daily News. Description of video: Large EF-3 Tornado near Hutchinson, Kansas ! | July 13, 2015 (Compilation). A strong line of storms moved through Hutchinson, Kansas on Tuesday, July 13th and produced this tornadoes
Video courtesy of TheHutchinsonNewsDescription of video: A tornado touched down around 6:35 p.m. Monday northwest of Hutchinson, traveling to the southwest. It stayed on the ground for more than 20 minutes as part of a storm system that has produced hail, downed power lines and closed roads in the area. (Video by Sandra Milburn, the Hutchinson News)