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Russell County Records Third Most Tornadoes in Kansas in 2012

Russell tornado on May 25Seven tornadoes officially touched down in Russell County last year, making the county the third most hit in the state.

According to the National Weather Service of Wichita, only Rush and Kingman Counties recorded more tornadoes in 2012 - Rush with 12 and Kingman with 11.

The NWS says 94 confirmed tornadoes occurred around the state last year resulting in 50 injuries and one fatality - that death coming as a result of the February 28 Harveyville tornado.

The most significant storm to hit the Russell area in 2012 occurred on May 25, when a rope tornado struck a residential area just south of Fossil Lake, damaged several homes and out-buildings, destroyed one home and injured one woman.

CLICK HERE for the NWS' 2012 Kansas Tornado Facts and Statistics.

CLICK HERE for the number of tornadoes in Kansas in 2012 broken down by county.

REMINDER: National Weather Service "Storm Fury on the Plains" Presentation - Annual Russell County Storm Spotter Training Session will be Tuesday, March 26 at 6:30 PM at the Dream Theater in downtown Russell. The public is encouraged to attend. Go to our Local Events page here on KRSL.com for more information.

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