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Kelly tours tornado damage, felt “incredibly overwhelmed”

Governor Laura Kelly says she felt “incredibly overwhelmed” after seeing the devastation left by an EF-4 tornado from a flight tour of the Tuesday storm’s path in eastern Kansas.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Kelly also viewed tornado damage from the ground Thursday.  Kelly said the fact that there were no fatalities was amazing.

The tornado touched down south of Lawrence about 6:15 on Tuesday and continued northeast for more than 31 miles before lifting in Leavenworth County.  Douglas County officials said the storm injured 17 people, three of them seriously, and damaged more than 60 homes.

The tornado at its peak had wind speeds of 170 mph and was a mile wide.

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