May 21, 2012

Crews in Harper County cleaning up after Saturday’s tornado

by Ryan Johnson & Garrick Enright & Jim Grawe | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | 19 May 2012

Residents of Harper County are cleaning up after a tornado in South Central Kansas damaged several homes. At one of the homes the roof was ripped off–that home belongs to Kurt Hostetler.

“It was devastating, to say the least,” Hostelter says.

Hostetler was gone but his son and family were in the house when the storm hit. All survived uninjured.

Harper Wind Farm Damage

Hostetler also lost much of his farm equipment just as he was preparing to harvest his wheat. Much of the machinery is mangled or crushed. He plans to lease equipment so he can go forward with the harvest.

Five turbines were also destroyed at a nearby wind farm that’s still under construction.

Harper Wind Farm Damage

The preliminary rating of the tornado northwest of Harper is an EF-3. Officials say that tornado damaged a farmstead four miles west of Harper. The maximum width of the tornado was 200 yards.

The weather service’s Storm Prediction center logged 17 reports of tornadoes in Kansas on Saturday night.

There are no reports of any injuries. There was also extensive damage to power poles and trees in Kingman County. Most of the damage was along the Kingman and Harper County lines.

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