First responders credited with saving lives in Selden storm


(Courtesy: Nathan Kelley)

SELDEN (AP) — Officials said first responders saved lives after sirens failed moments before a tornado struck the northwest Kansas town of Selden this week.

A power outage caused the sirens to break down just before the tornado hit Monday evening.

Sheridan County fire and sheriff’s responders drove through town and used a public address system and sirens to tell people to take shelter.

The only reported injury was a minor injury to a firefighter, but the tornado did serious damage to the town of about 200 people.

The National Weather Service said the EF-1 tornado carried winds up to 110 mph and was on the ground for nearly 6 miles.

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