The tornado that struck near Kanopolis Lake in Ellsworth County early Saturday evening has been given a preliminary rating of EF4 by a National Weather Service damage assessment team. That means it had winds of between 166 and 200 miles per hour.
Here are a couple of photos of that tornado shot by Topeka storm chaser (and my cousin) A.J. Dome.
A farmstead was decimated near the lake, trees were stripped of bark and nearby roads were scoured, officials reported. Because the tornado stayed in rural areas, few structures were damaged.