Weather Service says Kansas twister hit 170 mph

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Repair and cleaning efforts begin on a neighborhood damaged by a tornado storm system that passed through the area, destroying homes and cutting off access to utilities, Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Tens of thousands of Ohio residents were still without power or water Wednesday in the aftermath of strong tornadoes that spun […]

The National Weather Service has rated a tornado that caused extensive damage in eastern Kansas an EF-4.

Tuesday’s twister had peak winds of 170 mph.

The tornado was part of a severe system that moved through the area west of Kansas City, causing 18 injuries and damaging homes, trees and power lines in Douglas, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties.

The weather service said the tornado developed southwest of the college town of Lawrence as an EF-3 storm and strengthened as it moved northeast. The tornado was on the ground for almost 32 miles and was a 1-mile wide at its largest.

The National Weather Service is confirming that at least 15 tornadoes hit Ohio in a Memorial Day barrage.

Those tornadoes included at least eight that struck the greater Dayton area Monday where damage was worst. Only a single fatality was reported, in Celina, with dozens injured in and around Dayton.

Tens of thousands of Ohio residents remained without power or water Wednesday.

At least 60,000 people lacked water service around Dayton, where ice and water distribution centers were set up.

A utility said power had been returned to some 35,000 customers Wednesday, but tens of thousands still were awaiting restoration.

Volunteer Brian Ward has been handing out water and helping cook hamburgers and hotdogs in Dayton since Tuesday. He calls it “mind-blowing” how quickly the community pulled together.

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