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NWS: Initial survey indicates Tuesday tornadoes were EF-4, EF-2

Posted: 10:18 AM, May 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-31 22:45:40Z
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Weather Service on Wednesday released reports on two tornadoes that touched down in the Kansas City area after surveying the damage.

NWS said preliminary results indicated that the first tornado developed in southwestern Douglas County, Kansas, strengthening as it tracked east-northeast.

It brought EF-3 damage to northeastern Douglas County before intensifying to EF-4 in southern Leavenworth County near Linwood, Kansas.

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NWS said the mile-wide tornado reached winds up to 170 mph at its strongest and traveled nearly 32 miles.

It resulted in 18 injuries and no fatalities.

The storm began to “cycle” as it moved into the Kansas City metro and stopped producing a tornado, but not for long.

As it moved over Clay County, Missouri, it dropped to an EF-2 twister just before 8 p.m.

Areas around Kearney and Excelsior Springs were hit with 115 mph winds as the tornado traveled along a path just under 6 miles. At its widest, this storm measured 400 yards.

No one was injured as a result of the EF-2 tornado, but several homes and trees were damaged.

Find more information on the May 28, 2019 tornadoes here.

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