Wamego cleans up after tornado touches down

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WAMEGO, Kan. (KSNT) — An apparent tornado touched down near Wamego and caused damage.

On Thursday just after 2:30 in the afternoon, trained spotters saw a funnel cloud several miles south of Wamego. Wamego Police Dispatch paged spotters and alerted residents with sirens and notices on cable TV. Shortly thereafter, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the Wamego area.

Police officers, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, and other first responders saw the wall cloud traveling over south central Wamego and an apparent tornado touched down in that part of town.

Damage is still being assessed, but trees have fallen on houses and power lines are down. There were no structures directly hit by the tornado, however.

Emergency personnel are going door-to-door checking on Wamego residents. There are no reports of injuries in Wamego as of 5 p.m. The towns of St. George and Louisville also sustained “minor damage.”

Wamego Police have noticed that vehicle traffic is increasing in the area, which is slowing down first responders. Police ask people to stay away from Wamego if they don’t have a reason to be there so that first responders can do their jobs.

Here are some pictures from Wamego. Many, many trees were uprooted by the storm.If the Storify doesn’t load, click here. Click here to view Matt Gasper’s tweets.

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