A tornado that first touched down Tuesday night in rural Saline County and stayed on the ground for almost a half hour before dissipating in rural Ottawa County has been rated an EF-3 by the National Weather Service.
Officials say to "be ready to act quickly later Wednesday". It's lesser chance of severe weather compared to Tuesday and Wednesday, but the chance is still there. A slight risk of storms is forecast from Dallas to near Chicago.
Wymore Assistant Fire Chief Mark Meints says the storm played havoc with electric lines and at one point, making street lamps in Wymore act like strobe lamps.
It's not clear if the funnel cloud actually touched the ground but it's frightening nonetheless.
Two counties in Kansas have had their tornado watches canceled - those counties are Rice and Saline.
Meints says golf-ball sized hail fell by the Wymore Cemetery.
"The strongest storms will be capable of very large hail to baseball size and damaging winds to 75 miles per hour", said a National Weather Service statement released with the watch. This storm became extremely risky and the warning was extended until 7:45 p.m. and later expired.
Wednesday afternoon, a Tornado Warning was issued for Greer and Kiowa counties. These were the first tornadoes reported in the state in 2018.
In Holt County, there are numerous reports of downed telephone poles, power lines and siding off homes due to severe weather.