Tornado hits near Bettsville

A tornado touched down Monday night in Seneca County, causing damage to a West TR 36 residence and sending debris to nearby residences.

Seneca County Emergency Management Agency Director Dan Stahl said the tornado was spotted on the ground with debris by a trained weather spotter, prompting a tornado warning to be issued for Seneca County just before 9 p.m.

A Seneca County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said the structural damage was reported by Kansas firefighters around 9:45 p.m. at 5287 W. TR 36. Stahl said the roof of the residence, a mobile home, was blown off and a nearby camper on the property also overturned. Debris also was found nearby, Stahl said.

He said the Red Cross was contacted for assistance.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said no injuries were reported.

Stahl said no other areas of the county were affected by the tornado. He said Monday night that he was unsure of the size of the tornado.

Earlier Monday, another storm system with high winds knocked down trees in Bettsville and the surrounding area. Most of the downed trees were reported on Emma Street and SR 12, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said.

Stahl said that by 5:30 p.m., most of the trees were cleaned up and pulled off the roadways. He said he did not see any buildings affected by the high-wind event.

According to the National Weather Service, strong to marginally severe storms are possible today with severe storms more likely Wednesday. Locally heavy rainfall also is likely into Wednesday evening.