Homes damaged near Harper as storms move through Wichita area
05/19/2012 5:00 AM
08/05/2014 7:29 PM
A tornado damaged multiple homes west of Harper in Harper County on Saturday night.
“There is some pretty bad damage to a farmhouse, and a couple of other homes were damaged, too,” said Scott Smith, a meteorologist with the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service. “One home has a roof ripped off.”
Numerous trees also were uprooted by the rope tornado, he said.
“It looks like the tornado was on the ground for a good while,” Smith said. “We’re probably going to have teams going out tomorrow to look at the damage.”
No injuries were reported.
Oil wells and storage tanks were damaged by a tornado on the Harper-Kingman county line, and tree lines also were struck, spotters reported. The Storm Prediction Center had logged 17 reports of tornadoes in Kansas on Saturday night – almost all of them southwest or west of Wichita.
Most tornadoes reported were weak and short-lived, Smith said, but obviously the one west of Harper was stronger than a land spout. Storm chasers were posting photos of tornadoes in Kingman County on Twitter and Facebook.
Hail larger than baseballs was reported early Saturday evening in Kingman.
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