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The National Weather Service has classified the storm that came through Eudora Monday night as an EF-1 tornado. According to Douglas County Emergency Management Director Teri Smith, the Weather Service and DCEM conducted damage assessment midday on Tuesday and made the determination. This marks the first time in Eudora’s history that a tornado has touched down inside the city limits.
An EF-1 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita scale means that winds speeds were estimated to be between 86 m.p.h and 110 m.p.h. The damage from from EF-1 is described as moderate and can include roofs being stripped, mobile homes overturned or damaged and loss of exterior doors and windows or other glass being broken.
In the case of Eudora damage was done to a significant amount of trees in the area of downtown Eudora. Daniel Taylor, a resident at 8th and Church Streets said that he had at least one window blown out of his breeze way during the storm. Taylor also indicated a corner section of his roof had been peeled upwards along with various yard items being tossed around the area.
We also were told via Facebook by officials from Holy Family Catholic Church that the scaffolding in front of the church currently under construction was knocked down but no damage was done to the new building.
Numerous people have taken to social media to post pictures and videos. You can find some of them through our Facebook Page.
The City has also announced that they will allow citizens to place tree branches in the gravel parking lot just to the north of the Eudora Public Safety Building on Main Street. This is the site where the CPA carnival rides normally sit. They are asking people who are bringing their debris to the site to pile it up from the East and work towards Main Street to allow adequate room for everyone’s debris. This is only limited to trees and leaves. This is not for any damaged items due to the storm.
City Hall officials stated via a Facebook pot by Eric Strimple, that the city will offer curbside pickup if folks are unable to take their tree limbs to 9th and Main Streets. They did caution it could be nearly a week before it would be picked up curbside. You can call City Hall for more information at 785-542-2153.