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Storms developed over western Kansas and Oklahoma Panhandle during the afternoon hours of May 16th. One supercell thunderstorm tracked northeast out of far southwest Kansas and persisted for a few hours. This storm rapidly intensified as it approached southwest Barton County producing a tornado that struck Pawnee Rock and eventually produced EF3 damage west and northwest of the Great Bend Airport. This storm continued to the northeast producing additional damage before lifting northwest of Hoisington. Another brief tornado occurred northeast of Susank; this tornado touched down in an open field and did not produce any damage.


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