Tornado Injures 8 People in Small Eastern Kansas Town of Eureka
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June 27, 2018
Source: USA Today
NOTE: This is independent from any FEMA Declared Disaster.
EUREKA, Kansas – The governor has declared an emergency after eight people were injured when a tornado slammed into a small town in eastern Kansas.
The tornado touched down Tuesday night in the Greenwood County town of Eureka, about 60 miles east of Wichita. Greenwood County Emergency Management said on Twitter that the community of about 2,400 people took a “direct hit.”
Gov. Jeff Colyer declared a state of disaster emergency in the county about an hour after the storm hit.
An initial assessment found damage to more than 100 city blocks in the town, KWCH-TV reported.
Kansas Adjutant General’s Office spokeswoman Jane Welch says the high school, along with several homes and businesses were damaged. Assessments of the damage are underway. Welch says she didn’t know how seriously the eight victims were hurt.
A shelter has been set up at a church for displaced residents.
There were 11 reports of tornadoes Tuesday across the central U.S. Other twisters were reported in Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois and North Dakota, according to the Storm Prediction Center.
USA Today published an article outlining tornadic activity in Kansas.