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Tornado did strike southern Douglas County Tuesday, National Weather Service says; several buildings damaged

March 1, 2012

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The National Weather Service has determined an EF-0 tornado struck parts of southern Douglas County and damaged buildings south of Globe and Worden.

Meteorologist Matt Wolters said Douglas County emergency management officials completed a damage report Wednesday as property owners were able to inspect things in the daylight.

Damage was reported three miles southeast of Globe, and the National Weather Service determined the path of the tornado was from four miles south of Globe in northern Franklin County to 1.5 miles south of Worden in Douglas County. The tornado lasted from 10:06 p.m. Tuesday to 10:11 p.m.

“Several barns were damaged or destroyed with large trees uprooted, based on a description of the damage,” he said.

Wolters said an EF-0 tornado is the weakest category of a tornado with winds between 65 mph and 85 mph.

Darlene Schwarz, who drives a school bus for the Baldwin City school district, began noticing damage on her route Wednesday that included a tree on the road in one area and damage to barns, other buildings, a roof on a home and a breezeway on a new home under construction.

“You could tell a tornado or something went through there,” Schwarz said.

Douglas County Emergency Management Director Teri Smith said most of the damage was tipped-over farm machinery and blown-off shingles. She said a mobile home in the area was destroyed, but officials have not confirmed if anyone was living in the home because no one was home when they checked on it.

The county also did not experience major damage to utility poles or roads, making it unlikely the county will meet the threshold to be declared a disaster area, but she said the February storm was a good reminder about being prepared for severe weather.

“Take the time now to have a plan, make a kit, and be informed and know what to do before, during and after,” Smith said.

The storm that rolled through the area was part of the same system that produced a tornado that damaged Harveyville in Wabaunsee County, Wolters said. Kansas officials said Thursday that one man has died from injuries he suffered in Harveyville.

“A man who was critically injured by an EF-2 tornado that struck Harveyville, Kan., Tuesday evening has died at a Topeka hospital,” the Kansas Adjutant General’s Office said in a statement Thursday morning. “Richard D. Slade, 53, was airlifted to Stormont-Vail Emergency and Trauma Center in Topeka Tuesday night after being pulled from the wreckage of his home. He remained in critical condition and the decision was made Wednesday afternoon to take him off life support. Slade passed away Wednesday evening.”

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