A local FOX affiliate KTMJ in Kansas is reporting 9 injuries as a result of an overnight tornado on Tuesday night. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback immediately declared a state of emergency after the tornado struck Harveyville, Kansas, a small Plains town of about 240 people. The storm was part of a powerful storm system that pounded the state’s midsection, and many residents were warned in the evening that a potential of damaging winds could occur.
The Governor’s declaration covered Wabaunsee County, southwest of Topeka. A news release from the governor’s office said one person was critically injured and (a number of homes) and a church were damaged, and trees and power lines were down. Additionally, the Wabaunsee County Sheriff said, the town was 40-60 percent destroyed by his late night assessments. At least one individual was reportedly airlifted to the hospital and at least 8 others were injured.
Earlier on Tuesday evening, the National Weather Service reported brief tornado touchdowns southwest of Hutchinson. Elsewhere in central Kansas, trained spotters and law enforcement reported hail the size of golf balls and winds estimated at 70 mph Tuesday night north of Hillsboro in Marion County.
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