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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Damage assessment teams fan out across Kansas

Stan Finger
Finger on the Weather

Meteorologists from numerous National Weather Service bureaus are fanning out across Kansas today to assess the damage wrought by nearly 100 tornadoes that struck the Sunflower State on Saturday.

Of the 122 tornado reports logged by the Storm Prediction Center from Saturday’s outbreak, 99 were in Kansas. No fatalities or critical injuries have been reported.

Three survey crews from the Wichita branch are being deployed – one to central Kansas to track the paths from Lyons to past Salina and from Moundridge to Marion Lake; another to southern Kansas to assess the tornado path from south of Anthony to Clearwater; and another for the portion of the tornado’s path from southeast Wichita to beyond El Dorado.

A survey team from the Hastings branch of the weather service will survey a tornado track near Tipton in northcentral Kansas, and teams from the Dodge City branch will be surveying damage paths for numerous tornadoes that struck in western and central Kansas.

Results will be released later today.

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