- Associated Press - Thursday, June 28, 2018

EUREKA, Kan. (AP) - The National Weather Service says the tornado that ripped through the Kansas town of Eureka carried winds of at least 136 mph.

The weather service on Wednesday determined that the twister was an EF-3. The tornado touched down Tuesday in Eureka, a town of about 2,400 residents in southeastern Kansas.

Eight people were injured, two critically. Nearly 80 homes were damaged and at least 10 were destroyed. The high school also was damaged.

Gov. Jeff Colyer and other state officials visited Eureka Wednesday night. The Republican governor declared a state of disaster for the Eureka area, a move that allows for expedited recovery funding.

It was the second tornado to hit Eureka in two years. A tornado that touched down in July 2016 also damaged several homes and businesses.

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