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Twister damage totals over $600k

However, numbers expected to climb

This photo shows damage caused by Tuesday’s tornado west of Great Bend. It was taken by the Barton County Sheriff’s Office from a Kansas Highway Patrol plane.

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Although the figures are preliminary, Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said her department estimates the damage caused by the tornado that tore through western Barton County at $658,000.

“But, I expect that to grow,” she said. That number doesn’t take into consideration vehicles and other personal property, irrigation systems or oil production equipment.
Nor does it include public utilities, she said. This damage total could be large as there were power poles down all over the area causing electrical outages, as well as fractured gas lines.

The twister, rated an EF3 by the National Weather Service with winds ...

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