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Friday Tornado Damage Survey for SE Kansas


By Lucky Kidd


SOUTHEAST, Kan. — The National Weather Service has completed assessments on the tornadoes of Friday.

An EF2 rating was given to a tornado that touched down at 3:32 p.m. west of Buxton in Elk County and ended three miles west of Fredonia. This tornado had a path of just over 8.5 miles, causing mainly damage to trees and outbuildings, along with most of the roof off a two-story house.

Also rated at EF2 was a tornado that touched down four miles northeast of Coyville at 3:34 p.m. and traveled 6.8 miles before lifting four miles south southwest of Yates Center, which destroyed outbuildings and snapped trees at the base.

An EF0 rating was given to a tornado that touched down at 3:52 p.m. two miles west of Fredonia and traveled a mile before lifting. This tornado caused damage to parts of metal roofs on outdoor buildings at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

An EF1 tornado that touched down five miles east of Benedict at 4:13 p.m. traveled just over a mile and a quarter damaging trees. It took about a third of the metal roof off of a home and knocked a horse trailer on its side.

There was also a brief tornado touchdown in eastern Allen County that remained in open country and was not able to be rated by their survey teams.