Gov. Brownback gets a look at tornado damage in Dickinson County

Gov. Sam Brownback and Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli toured the damage caused by a tornado that touched down north of Abilene on Thursday. (Courtesy: Kansas Department of Emergency Management)

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general and director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, visited Dickinson County and the Abilene area today, assessing the damage caused by a tornado that touched down north of Abilene.

Brownback and Tafanelli took an aerial tour of the tornado damage.  While on the ground in Abilene, Brownback and Tafanelli were given an update from county emergency management and Incident Management Team officials.

“Our thoughts are with all those affected by Wednesday night’s tornadoes,” said Brownback. “The local and statewide teams that are on site have done great work helping initial recovery efforts. With additional rounds of dangerous weather expected, I encourage everyone to remain aware of weather conditions and take action to be safe.”

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management staff in the State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka continues to monitor storm activities across Kansas.

Additional storms are predicted to move across Kansas starting during the afternoon/evening hours.

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