Tornado touchdown reported in Lyon County

Friends and neighbors help out a resident in Lyon County just south of Emporia, Kan., Sunday evening, May 19, 2013 after an apparent tornado touched down. (AP Photo/Emporia Gazette, Matthew Fowler)

EMPORIA, Kansas (AP) – A tornado has touched down in rural Lyon County, causing structural damage to homes.

Kansas Division of Emergency Management spokeswoman Sharon Watson says the tornado hit around 5:40 p.m. Sunday. She didn’t know how many homes sustained damage.

Earlier in the evening, a tornado touched down in the Wichita area, causing structural damage to homes near Wichita Mid-Continent Airport and in nearby rural areas.

As of 10 p.m., Westar Energy was reporting about 5,590 power outages in Sedgwick County and it could be before late Monday before all power is restored.

Watson says there are no reports of injuries or fatalities in the state.

The tornados are part of a large storm system moving through the Plains and upper Midwest.


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