By: Richard Elder, Robb Lawson and Brad Ketcham
Several tornadoes struck central and southeast Kansas Thursday afternoon March 30th, 2006. A few of these caused significant damage.
The tornado damage assessment teams from the Wichita National Weather Service office have completed their survey on the damage in Montgomery...Marion...and Reno counties.In Montgomery county a tornado was on the ground for approximately 16 miles with a damage path that was 75 to 125 yards wide. The tornado was rated as an f2 on the Fujita scale. The tornado initially touched down 3.5 miles north of Havana then moved northeast. Significant damage to a home was observed 3.5 miles north of Wayside (See image 14). As it continued to move northeast...the tornado weakened slightly. The damage to a home 4 miles southwest of Sycamore was rated F1. F2 damage (image 15 image 16) was again observed 2 miles southwest of Sycamore. The tornado lifted about 1/2 mile northwest of Sycamore. See image 17 for a map of the tornado track. Image 18 is a picture of the NWS Tulsa 88D radar reflectivity and storm relative velocity (SRM) as the tornado passed over Elk City Lake. Image 3 is a picture of the tornado which occurred in Allen county. In Marion county, a tornado was on the ground for approximately 6 miles with a damage path that was 200 yards wide. The tornado was rated as an F1 on the Fujita scale. The tornado initially touched down about 4 miles southwest of Durham then moved northeast. approximately 3 miles northwest of Durham. Several outbuildings were damaged or destroyed. Debris from one of the outbuildings struck a house and damaged it as well. The tornado lifted about 2.5 miles north of Durham. One person was injured at that location, when their vehicle was knocked off of K-15 by the storm. Image 1 and image 2 are pictures of a tornado that occurred about 4 miles west of Tampa (north of Durham) in Marion county on Thursday Afternoon, courtesy of Henry Diehl. See image 6, image 7, image 9, image 10 and image 12 for pictures of damage from the F1 tornado that struck portions of Marion county, and image 13 for a map of the tornado damage. In Reno county a tornado was on the ground for approximately 2 miles on the east side of Hutchinson. The damage width was 50 to 100 yards wide. The tornado was rated an F0. The tornado made sporadic touchdowns along a 2 mile path on the east side of Hutchinson in the vicinity of K-61 highway. This tornado caused sporadic tree damage, destroyed a carport and damaged a sign for a business. It also caused windshield damage to over 30 vehicles parked at the hospital. See image 4 and image 5 for pictures of the damage from the weak tornado that affected Hutchinson.