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Saturday, May 21, 2011

CSW BREAKING: Tornado Damage Reported in Reading KS

Reading is in extreme east-northeastern Lyon county KS south of Topeka- a town of about 200 people.

Reportedly- the same tornado that touched down northeast of Emporia has remained on the ground and has cause yet unknown-extent of damage in the small community of Reading.

Shortly before midnight- a Kansas National Guard spokesperson Sharon Watson told news partner KSHB NBC Action News 41 that "20 homes were destroyed" in Reading with "around 200 structures with varying degrees of damage."

The spokesperson also said there were at least "several persons injured."

Early Sunday morning- a fatality was reported as a result of the tornado in Reading.

Lyon County Emergency Management reports Sunday that 53-year-old Don Chesmore suffered mortal injuries after the tornado flipped-over his mobile home.

A Facebook page for the Reading Tornado has been established HERE.

This storm is generally following I-35 southwest of Ottawa KS.

Be especially cautious of night tornadoes and PLEASE take cover if a tornado warning is issued since the tornado cannot be easily seen!


Anonymous said...

Our condolences to all the residents local and rural.
We used to live about 6 mi south of Reading.
Bill and Susan Quirk

james said...

Please visit the Facebook group Reading, Kansas (May 21, 2011). Thanks for your support!!!