The National Weather Service in Wichita has upgraded the strength of one of the tornadoes that struck on Monday southeast of the city to an EF2.
The tornado that earned the stronger rating touched down just south of the Oklahoma line, causing EF3 damage to a home two miles south of Hunnewell in Sumner County. The top two floors of a frame house were destroyed, and a mobile home was badly damaged.
As the tornado moved into Kansas near I-35 it was at EF2 intensity. As it passed the I-35 Turnpike, it overturned 2 semi trucks and there was significant damage to a line of cottonwood trees about 1.5 miles east of the turnpike before it lifted over southeastern Sumner County. Dick Elder, meteorologist in charge of the Wichita branch of the weather service, told me the tornado had been rated an EF1 until additional damage was discovered and evaluated.