Tornado Strikes Southeast Labette County! (4/7/2006)

By: Robb Lawson and Brad Ketcham

An F1 tornado moved across Southern Labette County (just south of Chetopa), Kansas on Thursday, April 6th, causing 12 minor injuries.

Between 7:00 and 7:30 pm on Thursday April 6th a severe thunderstorm produced a tornado over portions of southeast Labette County. A damage assessment team from the National Weather Service rated this tornado an F1 on the Fujita scale.

The 50 yard wide tornado first touched down in Labette County around four miles southwest of Chetopa. The tornado tracked northeast for about four miles until it exited Labette County around one mile southeast of Chetopa. The F1 damage occurred when the tornado rolled a mobile home about one mile south of Chetopa with the rest of the damage path rated F0. 12 minor injuries were reported with this tornado as it moved across the area.

The tornado continued east into Cherokee County, Kansas.

Image 1 is a map of the tornado path. Image 2 is a radar shot of the storm at the time it produced the tornado over Labette County.

The following images are of the damage caused by the tornado, including a semi-tractor trailer overturned Image 3 and a modile home rolled over Image 4 and destroyed. The last two images show the foundation where the mobile once set Image 5 and inadequate tie down straps Image 6.

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