EF-1 tornado damages parts of Eudora

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EUDORA, Kan. -- Following severe weather, cleanup was underway Monday night in Eudora.

FOX 4's Molly Balkenbush visited parts of the city Monday night after a powerful storm passed through the area, leaving downed power lines and ripping shingles from the roofs of homes.

On Tuesday, the preliminary survey by the National Weather Service in Topeka determined an EF-1 tornado passed through the area, leaving the damage and mess.

People who live in the area were already cleaning up the mess, chain sawing away branches that flew off trees. Emergency Management teamed up with city crews and had the bulk of the mess cleared by 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Lenice Love, who lives in Eudora, said her home was damaged by the storms.

“That tree over there came down and hit our house in the back and I thought it was thunder, it shook the whole house, and another limb hit over there too and I thought it was thunder,” said Love.

Crews with the power company were working to fix several downed power lines later that night. Three of them were taken down by the storm right outside Love’s home.

FOX 4 crews also saw several trees with their tops blown off, which could be an indication that a tornado may have come through the area. Power crews said they still had a long night ahead of them on Monday. Around 6 p.m. there were about 400 customers without power.

Don Warmker said his son, his son's wife and their infant daughter live in the area and got text message alerts about the storms, but chose to ignore them until they heard the sirens go off outside. They then immediately climbed into the crawl space below the home just seconds before the storm hit.

No injuries to the chickens or dogs at the home were reported.

"I'm just glad that, you know, it wasn't any worse and take the house or something," Warmker said.

Warmker added that he is just glad that everyone was safe.

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