Tornadoes leave behind damage in NE Kansas

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — It was a scary sight in the sky Thursday evening, as Clay Center residents ran to the basement to escape a tornado.

Clay Co. Sheriff’s Office confirms only minor damage to farm machinery and sheds. One report came in about the roof of a garage blowing off at one residence. Many trees and power lines were also brought down by high winds.

Clay Center’s Public Utilities Superintendent Bill Callaway said several power poles were down near Hwy. 15. However, Callaway says Clay Center maintains a generating station and has picked up generating the load to supply power to the area until repairs are made.

Westar Energy’s outage map showed about 500 customers without power in Dickinson and Saline counties. Their web site showed power should return to homes by 10:00 am Friday.

Another tornado was reportedly seen in Cambridge in Cowley Co. One man said it went right over his home.

“I turned on my phone and I got in the pick up and he said, ‘I don’t know if you know it or not, but there’s a tornado right on top of your house.’ I said I didn’t know and got back in the back of my pick up. It was a little wild,” said the resident.

As for Shawnee Co., Dusty Nichols with the Emergency Management said no damage has been reported so far and Westar’s outage map doesn’t show anyone without power.

By Carrie Larsen | Posted: Thu 10:35 PM, Oct 06, 2016 | Updated: Thu 11:33 PM, Oct 06, 2016

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