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Workers from Custom Tree Care, Inc., of Topeka, remove a large tree Monday from the roof of Rodney Dorsey’s home at 131 E Hall, in Burlingame.

Jeremy Gaston | Managing Editor

BURLINGAME—Two Burlingame homes received significant damage from storms Sunday night. An obvious debris path stretching a mile across the city indicating the damage was caused by an unreported tornado.

The home of Bill and Susan Croucher and 207 West Park, Burlingame, was hit just after 6 p.m. Sunday evening. The couple was in the home when the storm blew the residence several feet off its foundation.

“It started raining and hailing,” Bill said. “(Susan) looked out the window and that’s when it hit.”

Susan was thrown into the coffee table and the home was uprooted. Bill was also in the home at the time of the storm.

“It was a wild ride, that’s for sure,” Bills said. “The only thing that probably kept it from flipping was the porch.”

The couple was uninjured, and the storm did not damage the contents, but the home was likely damaged beyond repair.
“The only thing we had insurance on was the car, and it didn’t get hit,” Bill said.

About 1,500 feet to the northeast of the Croucher home, a tree several feet in diameter was split at the trunk, falling on the home of Rodney Dorsey at 131 East Hall. Dorsey was in Topeka at the time of the storm.

“A neighbor called and said there was a tree on my house,” Dorsey said, hoping it was one of his smaller trees. Instead, the largest tree in his yard, estimated between four and six tons, fell on his home, damaging the roof and chimney.

“Pretty crazy, if you ask me,” Dorsey said.

Additional large limbs were broken and small trees uprooted along a path stretching about a mile from Walnut and Collins streets in south Burlingame to Kansas Street and Lincoln Avenue in the northeast part of the city.

The National Weather Service in Topeka reported the storm took place between 6:05 and 6:10 p.m. Sunday evening, but had not received any reports of a tornado. Damage reports submitted by The Herald-Chronicle were being considered for confirmation of the possible tornado.

The NWS confirmed two small tornados, rated EF-0 and EF-1, causing damage to homes and outbuildings just east of Emporia, each traveling on similar paths.

Hail up to one inch in diameter and 65 mph winds were also reported in the county, causing additional damage and power outages.

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