No damage reported in Douglas County after tornado; wind advisory in effect and storms possible

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No damage has been reported to Douglas County Emergency Management after a tornado early Tuesday, though two people were injured and there was some damage to the southwest of the county.

A survey team from the National Weather Service in Topeka found damage in far southeast Shawnee County and far northeast Osage County.

The tornado was an EF1, and it touched down 4 miles southwest of Overbrook. It moved northeast for approximately 10 miles, hitting Richland in far southeast Shawnee County, according to NWS. Richland is about 5 miles from one southwest point of Clinton Lake.

“The tornado had winds up to 100 mph, and two people were injured by the tornado when the RV they were in was flipped over,” according to NWS.

The Enhanced Fujita Scale ranges from EF0, least severe, to EF5, the most severe.

A tornado watch was issued for Douglas County around 4:30 a.m., followed by two tornado warnings for northwestern Douglas County. Outdoor warning sirens were activated for Lecompton and Clinton as well as a zone near Rock Chalk Park.

Outdoor sirens are intended to warn people who are outside. Weather conditions can cause sirens not to be heard indoors.

Find out more about sirens, preparedness and emergency notifications at this link. Douglas County residents can sign up for emergency alerts through the NE Kansas Regional Notification System at this link. It takes a couple of minutes.

A wind advisory is still in effect for Douglas County through 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to NWS. Southwest winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts of up to 45 mph are expected. Unsecured objects outdoors could get blown around. It could be difficult to drive, especially for high-profile vehicles, and tree limbs could be blown down.

Some isolated, non-severe storms could form across the area Tuesday afternoon into early evening, according to NWS.

Severe storms could be possible late Wednesday into Thursday morning, according to NWS. “Hail along with damaging winds appear to be the primary hazards.”

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National Weather Service local office (Topeka):
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Douglas County Emergency Management:
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