Officials in Clark, Jewell, Marshall, Nemaha, Ottawa, and Smith Counties are assessing damages from recent storms as the state prepares for another round of severe weather.
On Tuesday evening one home west of Bennington in rural Ottawa County was destroyed and four homes received minor to moderate from a tornado that stayed in the county for about an hour. Several outbuildings were also damaged or destroyed. There were no deaths or injuries reported, but more than 100 cattle were killed at a feedlot by the storm. Approximately 1,000 people are without power, primarily in Tescott, Ada and Culver. An estimated 100 power poles are down and power will likely not be restored for approximately 24 hours. Damage assessments will continue today.
In Nemaha County one home was destroyed and a second sustained damages from a tornado that passed through rural areas near Corning and Goff. County emergency management advised that rural portions of the county are experiencing flash flooding from torrential rainfall from the storms last night, impacting some rural roadways and damaging culverts.
The Seneca Fire Department and Sabetha Fire Department conducted two water rescues last night when motorists drove into flooded roadways. The Seneca Fire Department lost one of its pumpers in the floodwaters during the water rescue. Mobile homes along the east edge of Seneca were evacuated due to flooding. A shelter was established at the Pioneer Building in Seneca. However no residents stayed at the shelter overnight; the shelter has been closed. Representatives from the National Weather Service Topeka will be conducting damage analysis of the area impacted by the tornado last night near Corning to determine the intensity of the storm system. County Emergency Management advised that minimal utility outages still exist around the Corning area. No injuries or deaths reported.
Clark County officials reported damage to outbuildings in and around Englewood from straight line winds Tuesday evening.
On Monday evening, May 27, a tornado touched down approximately one mile west of Marysville at US-36/7th Road in Marshall County. No deaths or injuries were reported. Twenty homes sustained varying degrees of damage in addition to damage to sheds, barns and other outbuildings. Two businesses were destroyed. An unknown number of livestock were also killed. Damage assessments are continuing.
Also on Monday, a tornado struck Smith County approximately three miles north and one mile east of Lebanon. Two homes were destroyed. Three homes in Jewell County were also damaged by the tornado.
No state assistance was requested for any of these incidents.
Severe thunderstorms with the potential for tornadoes, large hail and frequent lightning are expected to develop across Kansas Wednesday and will move eastward. There is also the potential for flooding and flash floods in some areas. The strongest threat of thunderstorms is in the western half of the state Wednesday evening and will move eastward.
There is a flood warning along the Missouri River at Leavenworth from this afternoon to Friday evening. The river stage was measured at 16.8 feet at 4 a.m. on Wednesday with a flood stage of 20 feet. The forecast calls for the river to rise above flood stage by this afternoon with lowland flooding along the east and west banks of the river. It will continue to rise to near 20.9 feet by early Thursday morning and will fall below flood stage before midnight Thursday.