Gov. Jeff Colyer declared a state of emergency Tuesday night after Eureka was struck by a tornado.
The town is located 64 miles east of Wichita.
A tornado warning for Eureka was issued at 7:20 p.m., according to the National Weather Service Wichita’s Twitter account.
At 8:01 p.m., the Greenwood County Emergency Management tweeted that Eureka had taken “a direct hit from a tornado.”
Colyer signed the emergency proclamation at 8:33 p.m., according to Jane Welch, spokeswoman for the Kansas Adjutant General’s Department.
The State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka was activated to coordinate agencies.
The American Red Cross has opened a shelter for displaced residents at the Methodist Church, 521 N. Main Street, in Eureka.
About 5,700 Westar Energy customers are without power, Welch said in a news release sent at 10:11 p.m. Tuesday.
Search and rescue efforts have been initiated and officials are conducting damage assessments, she said.
Highway 54 from mile marker 287 to 266 has been closed. The Kansas Department of Transportation will be manning the detour and the Kansas Highway Patrol is also responding.