Tornado touches down near Ensign

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Tuesday afternoon saw area residents looking to the sky and taking cover as a tornado touched down just north of Ensign at around 4:50 p.m.

The National Weather Service had indicated the storm was located three miles northwest of Ensign moving northeast at 15 miles per hour.

As the storm made its way closer to Ford County, according to several storm spotters in the area, the tornado dissipated.

According to Ford County Sheriff Bill Carr, there were no reports of damage or injuries associated with the tornado that touched down.

However, Ford County wasn’t in the clear yet as minutes later, the National Weather Service indicated another storm system made its way into Ford County from the south near Bucklin and Kingsdown heading towards Ford.

Storm spotters in the area were monitoring a funnel cloud that was seen moving towards Ford but no touch down was reported.

With the storms came the hail and there were reports from golfball to baseball sized hail reported in Bucklin, Ford and Kingsdown.

“There was some damage done because of the wind near Whirlwind Road northeast of Kingsdown,” Ford County Fire Chief Robert Boyd said.

Other reports of damage in southern Ford County reported were a horse barn that had been destroyed and a tractor window damaged.

“There was a family traveling along Highway 54 that got caught in the storm that had some windows broken out,” Carr said. “They were traveling between Kingsdown and Bucklin when they got hit but with all the storms of the day there were no injuries so we were grateful.”

Carr also reported that close to 17 power poles had been damaged along Highway 54 that Victory Electric was replacing throughout the day on Wednesday.

by Vincent Marshall (2018, May 30) Dodge City Daily Globe

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