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Sunday storm drops EF-0 tornado on northern Osage County

Results of a National Weather Service survey found evidence that an EF-0 tornado touched down briefly Sunday evening, May 19, 2024, north of Burlingame, Kan., as thunderstorms blew through the area. Extensive straight line wind damage from the storm has been reported in the northern Osage County and southwestern Shawnee County, and another tornado reportedly touched down briefly near Dover a short time later.

The Osage County tornado was reported to have touched down around 9:44 p.m. about 5.5 miles north of Burlingame, near 125th Road between Burlingame Road and Hoch Road. The NWS survey said the tornado primarily caused tree damage along the farm ground and pastureland in the area. The tornado had a path of about 40 feet wide and traveled along the ground for about one mile, with wind speeds estimated as high as 85 mph. It ended around 9:48 p.m. about one mile southeast of the Kansas Turnpike.

Another EF-0 tornado touched down around 10:08 p.m. near Dover, in Shawnee County, and lifted about 10:10 p.m., leaving a path about one-tenth of a mile long and 30 feet wide. The NWS survey said this tornado might have started further east, where there was no access to the surveyors. Only tree damage was noted and winds were estimated at 80 mph. NWS said this tornado had been indicated on radar, which showed a small debris signature in the area around that time.

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