DICKINSON COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Some residents in Dickinson County are still cleaning up following Wednesday night’s tornado that carved a 26-mile-long path through northern Kansas.
The National Weather Service says the EF-4 tornado was on the ground for 90 minutes and had peak winds up to 180 mph.
Roughly 104 homes were in the path of the storm, with 73 of those home sustaining some type of damage, ranging from missing shingles to blown-out windows. Of those 73 homes, eight were destroyed.
There were no reports of injuries or deaths.
KSN reporter Molly Brewer drove around Dickinson County Thursday viewing the damage. She reports seeing downed power lines, some homes that were missing their roofs and others that were torn apart. She also saw a community coming together to help those whose lives were upended.
When Kevin Stroud and his family returned to their home Thursday morning they didn’t know what to expect. The Stroud’s left home Wednesday night as the storms were approaching. When they arrived back home, Kevin Stroud said the scene was heartbreaking. Their home of 17 years was destroyed, bits and pieces of their belongings scattered everywhere.
Stroud says their family, friends and members of the community are keeping his family going as they bring in food and other supplies to begin clearing debris and helping them put their home back together again.
“Everybody wants to come and help or pitch in or, you know, we had, we’re just, had so many friends and family and the community that it, it just really makes a big difference,” said Stroud.
Everywhere one looks the scene is pretty much the same with neighbors coming to help neighbors, doing whatever is needed to help out.