- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A line of severe storms rumbled through Kansas late Wednesday afternoon, producing at least nine confirmed tornadoes but no reported injuries as of 7 p.m.

The National Weather Service said the strongest tornadoes were in the sparsely populated north-central part of the state. That includes a large and extremely dangerous tornado that was spotted near the tiny town of Republic just south of the Nebraska state line, moving northeast at 35 mph.

A dispatcher with the Republic County Sheriff’s Office said reports of damage to some rural homes were starting to come in Wednesday evening, but there had been no reports of injuries.

Farther south, a tornado in Harvey County north of Wichita at 5:06 p.m. destroyed a hog barn and damaged trees, the weather service said.

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