More than a dozen tornadoes touched down around Kansas on Friday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center.
But the tornadoes were all so short-lived that the National Weather Service isn’t sending out any teams to survey damage.
“They were pretty weak — not very strong at all,” said Chris Jakub, a meteorologist with the Wichita branch of the weather service.
After filtering out repetitive reports, the SPC determined that 15 tornadoes formed in the Sunflower State in central and eastern Kansas, from the Gypsum Hills of Barber County to the Flint Hills of Chase, Lyon and Morris counties.
The storms also produced heavy rain and damaging winds, with 65 miles an hour reported northeast of Buhler in Reno County. Winds downed trees in Hutchinson and blew down a metal barn and flattened trees near Denison in Jefferson County.
Near Bushong in Lyon County, 1.65 inches of rain fell in 15 minutes Friday night. That was near where the final tornado of the night was spotted.
More than 4.5 inches of rain fell at Willard in Shawnee County, and 3.63 inches fell in a 24-hour period a few miles from Talmage in Dickinson County.
Friday marked the third time this week that tornadoes formed in Kansas. Eight tornadoes touched down on both Tuesday and Thursday, according to the SPC.