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Ferocious tornado strikes Andover, Kansas, causing severe damage

A tornado tore through Andover, Kansas, about 31 years after an F5 tornado killed 17 and injured 225 in 1991. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly declared a state of emergency in the storm’s aftermath. The tornado was among 14 reports of twisters in the Plains received by the National Weather Service Friday evening, 11 of them from Kansas and three from Nebraska. The potential for major hail to the south into Oklahoma was thwarted by a layer of warm air aloft called a cap, which prevents storms from forming but, when it breaks, storms erupt and quickly become violent; such was the case in Andover. Several reports of wind gusts as high as 80 to 90 mph were tallied by the Weather Service in the area.