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Strong storms caused damage across parts of the Central United States on Tuesday and spawned tornadoes in Kansas and Iowa, injuring two people.

The National Weather Service said an EF-1 tornado touched down near the northeastern Kansas city of Richland just after 6 a.m. The service said the twister reached speeds of up to 100 mph (161 kph) and remained on the ground for about 20 minutes.

Two people were injured when their RV was overturned during the tornado. Details about the injuries were not immediately available. Buildings and trees were also damaged in the neighboring town of Overbrook.

In central Iowa, a barn was demolished and other buildings were damaged after a tornado struck a rural area of ​​Dallas County. The weather service also reported ping pong ball-sized hail in Bloomfield, just north of the Missouri line. There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

The weather service said the threat of severe weather remained in place across Central America through Tuesday. Thunderstorms are expected across parts of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and northwestern Illinois, possibly including large hail and damaging winds. A few isolated storms are also possible across the Mid-South, the service said.

In Missouri, due to a possible lightning strike, Chicago-bound American Eagle Flight 3661 returned to Kansas City International Airport just before 6 a.m., shortly after takeoff, American Airlines spokeswoman Gianna Urgo said in an email. Maintenance workers were inspecting the plane to see if it was damaged. Urgo said the passengers were later transferred to other flights.

A camper was blown over and the roof of a building was blown away by severe storms that hit the area around Smithville Lake in western Missouri, the Clay County Sheriff’s Department said. Downed trees and power lines were reported in several communities near Kansas City.

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first published: 17 April 2024 | 6:56 am First

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