A Nighttime EF2 Tornado Hits Mitchell and Cloud Counties

A supercell thunderstorm became tornadic in North Central Kansas during the early morning hours on Friday, April 25.   A tornado was confirmed in Mitchell and Cloud Counties and was rated EF2 by a Hastings NWS storm survey team. 

The tornado first touched down 3 ½ miles north-northwest of Beloit, KS at approximately 12:23 am CDT on April 25, 2008. The tornado damaged trees in this location.  As the tornado tracked to the east, its path widened to between ¼ and ½ mile, damaging houses, outbuildings, roofs, silos and trees. Significant house and outbuilding damage was sustained approximately 3 miles north of Beloit on Highway 14. The tornado maintained an east northeast track and widened to over ½ mile at times. The tornado continued to damage sheds, trees and power poles as it moved north of Scottsville. The tornado departed Mitchell County and entered Cloud County at 12:45 am CDT Friday. As the tornado moved through Cloud County, it tossed farm implement equipment into a tree. The tornado then turned southeast, damaging trees and power lines before it lifted around 12:58 am CDT.

Ultimately the tornado was on the ground for 35 minutes, and had a path length around 15 miles. No injuries were reported.  

 For a description of the EF scale, click here.

Click on the damage points in the above map, or on the thumbnail images below to see full-scale images of damage caused by the tornado.


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