Finger on the Weather

Sunday tornado northeast of Hays receives EF-2 rating

Path of Sunday tornado in western Kansas
Path of Sunday tornado in western Kansas Courtesy of National Weather Service in Dodge City

One of the three tornadoes that touched down northeast of Hays on Sunday has been rated an EF-2 by a National Weather Service damage survey team.

The tornado had maximum winds of 125 miles an hour and was on the ground for more than six miles after forming shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday about eight miles north of Catharine in Ellis County.

It was a quarter-mile wide and was the last and strongest of the tornadoes that formed Sunday in Kansas, according to the weather service. The tornado damaged or destroyed 36 utility poles and four high voltage transmission line poles, as well as several outbuildings on farms in the area.

The other two tornadoes were weak and short-lived, measuring EF-0 on the Fujita Scale with winds of 80 miles an hour or less.

No injuries were reported in connection with the tornadoes.

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