Update: 8 injured in EF-3 Eureka tornado

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Officials now say eight people have been injured in a tornado that touched down Tuesday night in Eureka. Two of them are critically injured. 

The National Weather Service reports that the tornado touched down around 7:21 p.m. causing damage to the high school along with a number of homes and businesses. Trees and power lines are down.

According to the National Weather Service, data suggests an EF-3 tornado hit Eureka. It produced 136 to 165 mph winds. The NWS reports an estimated peak wind of 152 mph was reached during Tuesday night’s tornado. 

The tornado had a path of 2.07 miles with a path width of 250 yards. 

Sheriff Heath Samuels says 10 homes are totaled, 78 are damaged, and 12 failed or leaning. He says the damage path is 77 blocks. He says they are allowing foot traffic in the damaged areas as crews work to restore power. 

Westar Energy crews are working diligently to restore power. According to a press release from the Adjutant General’s Department, Westar is reporting 2,800 customers still without power. 

The KDEM deployed the following assets to Eureka:

  • Three KDEM Public Assistance representatives to assist with damage assessments
  • One Kansas Department of Health and Environment representative to assist with debris management
  • A Geographic Information System vehicle to assist with mapping of the damage
  • An Emergency Operations Center Support Team
  • An Incident Management Team
  • A Regional coordinator to support the incident command team and county emergency management

The Greenwood County Emergency Management says if you are planning to volunteer for tornado clean up you are being asked to check in Thursday morning at 7 a.m. The check in is at the Matt Samuels Community Building on Jefferson. 

The American Red Cross is asking anyone affected by the tornado to register at their Safe and Well website or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. A shelter was also opened for displaced residents at the Methodist Church on Main Street in Eureka. It is located at 521 N. Main Street. Cots are available for overnight stays and medication replacement. 

The Greenwood County Hospital has oxygen tank replacements for those in need. And the public library at 606 N. Main has power for those who need a place to cool off or use public restrooms. 

The community building is also providing free dinner at 6:00 p.m. and breakfast Thursday at 6:30 a.m.

If you have already been or became injured by debris from the tornado you can go to the Greenwood County Health Department to receive a Tetanus shot from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 200 West 1st Street.

The Kansas Insurance Department can assist tornado victims who need information. The department has a hotline set up at 1-800-432-2484.

Two years ago, Eureka was hit by a tornado.

“You know it’s been two years ago since the last one, and we have some homes that just finally got totally reconstructed from two years ago. Now, I don’t know that those same homes have been damaged, but I do know that it takes a long time to get that reconstruction done,” said Chief Williams.

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