Damage assessment surveys have been completed on the tornadoes that struck in the Wichita area late Monday afternoon.
According to the National Weather Service, the strongest tornado struck a farm house northwest of Norwich in Kingman County, ripping down a roof and two exterior walls. Two garages were destroyed, a riding lawnmower was plucked from the garage and moved 100 yards downstream.
The tornado was about 700 yards wide, or little more than 3/8 of a mile wide. Witnesses saw multiple vortices before the tornado touched down.
EF1 damage was reported elsewhere in Kingman County.
Farther south, a supercell thunderstorm that developed in Woods County, Oklahoma, moved east-northeast along the Kansas/Oklahoma border. A tornado caused EF3 damage to a home 2 miles south of Hunnewell – just inside Oklahoma. The top two floors of a frame house were destroyed and a mobile home badly damaged. The tornado weakened as it entered Kansas near I-35 and overturned semi-trailer trucks on the interstate.
The tornado was an EF0 as it entered Kansas, staying on the ground for 2 miles as it moved east-northeast.
The next tornado touched down along the east side of Arkansas City, near the intersection of US-166 and US-77 Bypass. The tornado was rated an EF1 and was 300 yards wide as it damaged a storage shed east of Arkansas City. The tornado weakened to EF0 and moved northeast toward Dexter.
The tornado ultimately lifted completely in the far northwest corner of Chautauqua County about 7 miles southwest of Grenola.