RURAL LEBANON, Kan. — Tuesday afternoon, the roads leading to Roger and Laura Fricker's home here were surrounded by broken tree boughs, snapped telephone poles and crumpled farm equipment.
The National Weather Service in Hastings has confirmed that an EF-3 tornado, with wind speeds up to 140 mph, blew through the area three miles northeast of Lebanon just after 7 p.m. Monday.
The tornado was up to 1,580 yards wide at times and covered a path 5.79 miles in length, NWS reported after a damage survey team visited the area Tuesday morning.
Lebanon Fire Chief Bryan Befort was able to survey the damage from above by flying over the area in an airplane.
"It looks like there was probably one tornado that started a mile north of here and moved southwest, hooked and then went three miles east," he said.