Tornado touches down in Geary County, causes minor damage

A tornado touched down in Geary County Tuesday afternoon, and caused minor damage, primarily to trees.

A tornado touched down in Geary County Tuesday afternoon, but officials say only minor damage was done in the area.

Geary County Emergency Management Director Garry Berges said trees took the brunt of the damage, but clean-up efforts Wednesday were not overly demanding.

“There were a few limbs down on the east side of Milford Lake,” Berges said. “Everything is pretty well back to normal now.”

Berges said the storm moved quickly through the area, and left small hail pellets. It was the first tornado to hit Geary County in approximately eight years, Berges said.

The tornado touched down in Geary County north of Old Highway 40 between 4:50-5:20 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Geary County Sheriff’s Department. It landed near the county line, and traveled northwest, staying south of Milford Lake and west of Junction City before crossing on to Fort Riley.

Deputies retraced the path of the tornado and checked on residents in its path. The damage observed by deputies included minor tree damage, along with light shingle damage and the destruction of a small metal shed. 

No injuries have been reported.

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