Tornado that hit Sylvan Grove rated an EF-1

Sylvan Grove press box damage (Courtesy: Angie Labertew, Lucas-Sylvan Elementary)

SYLVAN GROVE, Kansas – On Friday, severe thunderstorms affected portions of central Kansas.

Skylight damage from the storms Friday night.  (Courtesy: Angie Labertew, Lucas-Sylvan Elementary)

A thunderstorm developed near I-70 over Ellis County around 4 p.m., where it produced a tornado and baseball size hail just north of the town of Emmeram.

The storm continued tracking east, producing severe weather across primarily Russell and Lincoln counties. A brief tornado was observed just southwest of Paradise in Russell county, along with golf ball size hail and 80 mph winds. North of the town of Russell, tennis ball size hail was observed, along with 80 mph winds. The town of Lucas was next, when hail to the size of tennis balls scoured the community. Emergency management indicated that virtually every car and roof sustained significant hail damage across town, and the skylights in the middle school were blown out.

The storm continued east, producing tennis ball size hail just north of Wilson in Lincoln county, and 60 mph winds north of Ellsworth. A brief tornado touched down in Lincoln County near Sylvan Grove destroying the press box and damaging the roof of the local high school. This tornado was rated an EF-1 with winds around 90 mph.

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