County dodges severe weather on Thursday – Kansas News

By Stephanie Casanova

Despite ongoing emergency alert sirens in the area because of a tornado warning, no twisters touched down in Riley County on Thursday.

Laurie Harrison, Riley County emergency management coordinator, said the sirens last three minutes, and the county reactivated them every 10 minutes during the hour the county was in a tornado warning.

“Just because the siren stops does not mean that the danger is gone,” Harrison said.

Tornadoes were reported near Larned, Medicine Lodge, Stafford and Great Bend. None of them caused significant damage, the Associated Press reported.

Kris Craven, meteorologist at the National Weather Service Topeka office, said people reported funnel clouds east of Alta Vista, near Moonlight, which is just northwest of Chapman, and south of Milford Lake, but no tornadoes were confirmed in the northeastern region the Topeka office covers.

The National Weather Service office in Wichita reported tree damage with trees 2 feet in diameter uprooted and power poles blocking roads 2 miles southwest of the Salina airport at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The Wichita office also…

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