Harveyville Kansas suspected tornado, storm severely damages homes, flattens church

Aerial video shows devastation

HARVEYVILLE, Kan. - An apparent tornado struck Harveyville Tuesday evening, part of a powerful storm system that pounded parts of central Kansas.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback declared a state of emergency late Tuesday that covers Wabaunsee County, southwest of Topeka. A news release from the governor's office said one person was critically injured and "a number of homes" and a church were damaged, and trees and power lines were down.

According to KSNT, eight people were reportedly injured in a Harveyville apartment complex that was struck.

Service trucks from area fire stations and emergency management departments were dispatched to Harveyville, which is about 90 miles southwest of Kansas City.

The Wabaunsee County Sheriff said between 40 and 60 percent of the town was severely damaged.

Earlier, the National Weather Service reported brief tornado touchdowns southwest of Hutchinson.

Elsewhere in central Kansas, trained spotters and law enforcement reported hail the size of golf balls and winds estimated at 70 mph Tuesday night north of Hillsboro in Marion County.

The Associated Press Contributed to this Report

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