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Emerging to devastation

Families take shelter as tornado travels west of GB

Dan and Joyce Wapelhorst, rural Great Bend, survey the devastation wrought by a tornado that leveled their home of over 50 years Tuesday night.

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 Editor’s note: The author lives west of Great Bend and witnessed the tornado as it traveled from rural Pawnee Rock towards rural Great Bend.  This story was updated on Thursday, May 18 with additional photos.

Tuesday night, as tornado sirens at Great Bend Municipal Airport sounded, alerting residents west of the city of imminent danger, families headed inside, and learned they were under tornado warning until 8:30 p.m. They began moving vehicles into garages or sheds as they were able. Looking to the west, they saw dark clouds building as the skies took on a greenish-yellow hue ...

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