A tornado damaged multiple homes west of Harper in Harper County tonight, officials say.
“There is some pretty bad damage to a farm house, 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 were uprooted by the rope tornado as well, 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.”
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This photo of the tornado near Harper was taken by Michael Fonfara with Cloud 9 Tours.
No injuries were reported in connection with the tornado damage.
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 20 reports of tornadoes in Kansas by 8 p.m. Saturday – 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 landspout. Storm chasers were posting impressive photos of tornadoes in Kingman County on Twitter and Facebook.
Hail larger than baseballs was reported early Saturday evening in Kingman.