Authorities say eight people have been injured after a Kansas town took a direct hit from an EF-3 tornado Tuesday.
Greenwood County Emergency Management said the city of Eureka took "a direct hit" from the tornado at about 7:21 p.m.
An EF-3 tornado brings wind speeds between 158 to 206 mph.
A high school, several houses, trees and power lines were damaged by the tornado.
Authorities are conducting search and rescue efforts throughout the town and surrounding area.
Westar Energy crews have arrived in Eureka and cut power while working towards restoration. They report 3,500 customers still without power.
The Kansas Department of Transportation had closed Highway 54 from mile marker 287 to mile marker 266 to clear debris. It has since reopened.
Local officials are conducting damage assessments at this time.
Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says the state's response team is going to the area with the Red Cross to assist those who lost their homes.
Lyon and Coffey Counties are providing aid to the town.
The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Methodist Church, located at 521 N Main Street.
The Kansas Division of Emergency Management (KDEM), a division of The Adjutant General’s Department, is asking all concerned citizens wishing to assist with rescue and recovery efforts in Eureka to please stay home until asked.
“We know that their hearts are in the right place,” said Angee Morgan, deputy director of KDEM, “and there will probably be opportunities for people to volunteer, but right now, we need to let the professionals do their jobs, assessing the situation to see what is needed and where it is needed. Though well-intentioned, too many untrained volunteers rushing in can create problems.”
Morgan said that the best way people can help right now is to make monetary donations to established volunteer organizations such as the American Red Cross, Harvesters, Salvation Army, United Way, etc.
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