Tornado

Sirens weren’t activated when a tornado hit a Kansas town early Friday

The National Weather Service is investigating why a warning wasn’t issued in Marysville, Kansas, when a tornado hit the city early Friday morning.

The tornado developed on the southwest side of the town and went through the town about 3:45 a.m., National Weather Service meteorologist Bryan Baerg said. The EF-1 tornado was about 50 yards wide and produced winds of 105 mph.

It dissipated about five miles northeast of Marysville, a town of about 3,300 sitting 60 miles north of Manhattan.

The main source of damage was from trees. A 3,000-gallon gasoline tank was also tossed, Baerg said.

One home to the east sustained roof damage and damage to a shed.

No injuries were reported.

Baerg said sirens didn’t go off because a warning wasn’t in effect. He said they are reviewing radar and other data to see what happened and ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

The weather forecast for eastern Kansas and the Kansas City region calls for thunderstorms Friday, with chances for severe weather through the Memorial Day weekend.

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Katie Moore covers crime and justice issues for The Star. She is a University of Kansas graduate and was previously a reporter in her hometown of Topeka, Kansas.
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