Tornadoes touch down in Kansas as severe weather system moves across Midwest

WICHITA, Kan. - Small tornadoes touched down in Kansas on Sunday as a system of severe weather trudged across the Midwest.

Wichita residents took cover as a severe storm passed over the city early Sunday evening..

The storm spawned funnel clouds and left homes damaged. The National Weather Service reported homes near 119th St. West and 55th St. South were damaged. The area had a mile-long stretch of uprooted trees and downed power lines.

The National Weather Service called the storm a catastrophic tornado. Reports from the National Weather Service classify the tornado as an EF1 that cut a 4.6 mile long path that was half a mile wide.

Weather spotters in the area captured a number of funnel clouds, and the storm dropped hail larger than a quarter on the city.

The Kansas Adjutant General's Office is monitoring the storms in Wichita, but have not been asked to respond to any damage in the city.

The tornado was initially spotted near the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport just before 4 p.m.

Further to the east, a tornado touched down in rural Lyon County, causing structural damage to homes.

Kansas Division of Emergency Management spokeswoman Sharon Watson says the tornado hit around 5:40 p.m. Sunday. She didn't know how many homes sustained damage.

Watson says there are no reports of injuries or fatalities in the state.

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