There were no injuries or loss of human life, but a tornado in rural Ottawa County killed over 100 head of cattle Tuesday evening.
A severe thunderstorm rapidly intensified into a super cell, and dropped a large tornado in a rural part of the county.
The half-mile wide twister was initially on a direct path to Bennington. But it slowed, became stationary, and even back tracked a little. Wednesday morning damage was still being assesed as a team from the National Weather Service in Topeka was en route. Ottawa County Emergency Management Director Marie Ballou tells KSAL News that one home that was under construction was totally destroyed and that four others were damaged. Multiple outbuildings sustained damage.
According to Ballou, over 100 head of cattle were killed. Some were out in pastures, while others were at a private feedlot that sustained damage. Wednesday morning officials were still trying to determine how to dispose of them. Ballou says that about 100 power poles were knocked out. As of Wednesday morning the communities of Tescott, Ada, and Culver were without power.
Crews from Westar and DS&O were out working. She said that it could be 12 – 24 hours before all power is restored.