Possible tornado causes damage near Pratt


A possible tornado downed power poles and overturned a semi near Pratt as severe storms moved through parts of Kansas on Wednesday.

Winds topped 92 mph as the stormed rolled across US-282 just north of Pratt at around 3:30 p.m. No injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service says two tornadoes were reported in Ottawa County. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from that storm.

A Tornado Watch had been issued for a large swath of Kansas, including the city of Wichita.

The threat of severe weather came on the heels of 12 reported tornadoes reported in Kansas on Tuesday.

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A severe weather threat for Wednesday currently covers a very large swath blanketing much of the eastern half of the state.

Storms on Wednesday are expected to initiate in the early afternoon near Dodge City, Meade, Kinsley, Greensburg and Coldwater. These storms will rapidly spread northwest toward Saint John, Sterling and Salina.

Large hail and high wind will be the most likely threats with a tornado or two not out of the question early on in the evolution of these storms. As storms merge into a line, the threat will shift more toward high wind gusts.

This entire line of storms will gradually slide east toward the I-135 corridor, reaching Wichita after 5 p.m. Storms will be exiting KAKEland between 11 p.m. and midnight.

While storms and showers will still be possible on Thursday, the ingredients for severe weather will likely occur just east of KAKEland.

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