5 injured after tornado rips through Kansas town
Five people were injured, one critically, after a tornado ripped through Eureka on Tuesday evening.
The Weather Channel reported the storm caused extensive damage to homes and buildings in the small town 60 miles east-northeast of Wichita.
The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office said the tornado hit at 7:21 p.m. CDT causing extensive damage including uprooting trees and knocking out power for nearly three-quarters of the town’s 2,450 residents.
KWCH-TV reported an initial assessment of the damage found more than 100 city blocks suffered damage. City officials told the Wichita Eagle that tree damage was significant.
Westar Energy said Wednesday morning that at least 1,718 customers were without power in Eureka. The company did not have an estimate when power would be restored.
Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer declared a state of disaster emergency in Greenwood County and activated the state emergency operations center in Topeka to coordinate the state’s response.
The American Red Cross opened two shelters in Eureka for those affected by the storm.