Several tornadoes touch down in western Kansas

(Courtesy: Rick Dearden)

SCOTT CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – Severe thunderstorms produced several tornadoes in western Kansas late Tuesday afternoon.

The first reports of a tornado came in around 4 p.m. in Scott County. A tornado touched down to the west of Scott City just after 4 p.m. and tracked west and northwest of the city.

Other tornado touchdowns were reported near Dodge City around 6 p.m. At times, chasers were tracking a large and violent tornado. KSN received reports of at least one home destroyed near Ensign. A rare tornado emergency was issued for Dodge City, but the city escaped the storm.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reports damage to structures on Highway 50 near Dodge City. Officials report a large propane tank is blocking 14th Avenue and Denim Road, and there are power lines down.  Highway 50 is closed west of Dodge City to Cimarron.

KSN News spoke to one resident near Dodge City who saw the tornado.

“I started seeing some rotation and with that rotation a tornado formed and touched down and started and stayed down,” said Logan Davis, Dodge City resident.

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