Tornado reported in Kansas as severe weather whips through Great Plains

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Severe weather is impacting a large part of the country from the Great Plains east.  In all, about 70 million people nationwide are at a slight risk or higher of severe weather today and tonight.

Some Indiana residents have reported seeing a tornado in the Ohio River community of Newburgh, but the fire chief says there has been no confirmation of a touch down.

Newburgh Fire Chief Paul Campbell also says he doesn’t have any reports of damage in the village of about 3,350 residents.

The residents of Newburgh are among millions of people across the central U.S. that are at risk of being hit by strong thunderstorms capable of dropping grapefruit-sized hail and producing a few intense tornadoes.

The National Weather Service is warning of increasing flash flooding danger also in Kansas between Manhattan and Topeka because of heavy rains.

Meteorologist Chad Omitt says the area is experiencing 50-year rainfall amounts and more rain is expected throughout Tuesday evening. He urges motorists to avoid driving through flooded roads.

Baseball-size hail was reported in Hanover. More than 2 inches of rain has fallen in northeast Kansas as the system slices diagonally across the state.

Winds up to 60 mph have been reported west of Topeka as cloud rotation spawned numerous tornado warnings that later were allowed to expire.

The weather service also says a small rope tornado has touched down in Kansas. No injuries were reported.

The tornado was seen Tuesday about 4 miles southwest of Mayfield in Sumner County.

A tornado watch encompassing North Texas, western central Texas and most of Oklahoma is expected to last until midnight. A tornado watch in central and eastern Kansas and southern Nebraska is set to expire at 9 p.m.

 

The St. Louis region was under thunderstorm watches through most of the evening. No injuries or significant damage was immediately reported.