NWS confirms EF-4 tornado tore through outskirts of Kansas City

EF-4 damage to a home near Linwood, KS (NWS Survey).
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - A tornado cut a nearly 32 mile path through Douglas and Leavenworth Counties in Kansas and was on the ground for nearly an hour Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

The agency rated the devastating twister as an EF-3 as it sliced between Lawrence and Eudora. As it wound toward Linwood, in southern Leavenworth Co., it picked up strength in the river bottoms and reached winds speeds of 170 mph, pushing it into EF-4 status.

It first touched down just after 6 p.m. about 12.5 miles west-northwest of Baldwin City, meteorologists said. At one point it was a mile wide before finally ending around 7 p.m. a mile and a half west of Bonner Springs.

The National Weather Service says 18 people in all were injured as a result of the tornado, which severely damaged dozens of homes and businesses in its path.

The classifications are based on preliminary evidence and NWS notes it could be subject to change based on a final review of the data.