A large tornado damaged at least two houses east of Tescott about 8 p.m. Tuesday, and an abandoned house caught fire after power lines were damaged in the storm, a representative of Ottawa County Emergency Preparedness said.
A second round of thunderstorms was headed into the area and damage still was being assessed at about 9 p.m., the woman said.
No injuries had been reported.
Several storm watchers had posted photos and video on Twitter and Facebook Tuesday evening of a large wedge-shaped tornado in the Tescott and Culver area.
Cloud County Emergency Preparedness Director Eric Voss said four different small tornadoes of short duration damaged telephone poles between Glasco and Aurora between 6:45 and 7:15 p.m.
He said he’d heard reports of damage to a farm after one of the tornadoes crossed into Clay County, but Pam Kemp, Clay County emergency manager, said she was still in the process of assessing damage when contacted Tuesday night.
Officials in Lincoln and Ellsworth counties couldn’t be reached Tuesday night.
More bad weather
More severe weather was predicted for today, with hail larger than golf balls and isolated tornadoes possible in Salina and nearby, according to meteorologist Chris Jakub, of the National Weather Service office in Wichita.
“There is the potential of isolated tornadoes as wind speeds could reach anywhere from 60 to 70 miles per hour,” Jakub said. ”(Today) is expected to be much of the same as Tuesday night. Storms should start around 2 (p.m.) Wednesday and last well into the night.”
Western Kansas isn’t expected to get any severe weather, according to meteorologist Scott Lockhart, with the National Weather Service office in Goodland.
Meteorologist Ryan Pfannkuch, with the National Weather Service office in Hastings, Neb., said northern Kansas isn’t expected to get much of a storm today.
“It will be on the outskirts of those counties,” he said.
Jakub said it is important to check weather radios “if you have one.”
“People should also have a safe spot to go to if severe weather comes and be sure that they plan ahead,” he said.
Hannah Stambaugh, Saline County Emergency Management director, said preparation is important.
“People should be sure to have their emergency kits stocked and ready to go and take them with them when they seek shelter,” she said. “It’s important to have a plan as well. Everything should be mapped out ahead of time.”
Stambaugh said people should make sure to be “weather aware.”
“They should turn on their weather notification on their phones and their location settings to make sure they know where they are in connection to the storm,” she said. “However someone gets their information, they should make sure they are checking that frequently.”