Tornado causes minor damage in northeast Kansas

A tornado is spotted near Wamego in Pottawatomie County in northeast Kansas. (Courtesy KSNT)

WAMEGO, Kan. (KSNW) – An apparent tornado touched down near Wamego in northeast Kansas Thursday.

Wamego Police report trained weather spotters observed a wall cloud several miles north of the town about 2:30 p.m. A short time later, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the area.

Police officers, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and other emergency responders observed the wall cloud as it traveled over south-central Wamego. A short time later, a tornado touched down in the area. The storm downed power lines and caused trees to fall onto structures. There were no structures that were directly hit by the tornado.

Officials said there were no reports of injuries.

A tornado also touched down in Shawnee County near Silver Lake, causing some damage.

Extremely high winds tore through the area and destroyed a family barn.  The owners say they used the barn to house their animals and as extra storage.  Now, that barn is gone.

“It’s an over 100-year-old barn and it had a lot of sentimental value, and my kids were more sad at the barn with it being sold in 1911, so there was a lot of memories playing in it,” said owner Shannon Zellinger.

Trees were toppled, scrap metal was strewn about and farming equipment was overturned.

No one was injured by the tornado.

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