A tornado struck the town of Protection on Friday night, causing moderate to heavy damage to houses and other buildings.
    The tornado was reported on the ground at 9:41 p.m. and hit southwest Protection three minutes later, according to a news release from the Comanche County Sheriff's Office. The storm cut a swath about 3/4 of a mile long through town.
    No one was injured in the tornado, according to the sheriff's office.
    Authorities may have damage estimates  available on Tuesday, said Sharon Watson, spokeswoman for the Kansas adjutant general's office.
    U.S. Highway 160, which runs from Clark to Comanche counties, was closed west of Protection due to power lines across the road.
    Officials closed roads or reduced them to one lane in both Clark and Comanche counties due to downed power lines and overturned semitrucks, the adjutant general's office said in a news release. Kansas Highway 34 south of Bucklin was closed temporarily after two semitrucks overturned, and U.S. Highway 283 north of Englewood was down to one lane.
    Eleven electric cooperatives reported hundreds of downed downed power lines and numerous damaged transmission structures due to the storms, according to the adjutant general's office.
    CMS Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Meade, was one of the hardest hit.
    Local line crews, assisted by linemen from across the state, are working to repair the damage and restore service, Kansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. said in a news release.
    “The amount of storms we’ve had in Kansas over the past couple of years has illustrated how critical our mutual aid program is in the restoration of the electric cooperative infrastructure,” spokesman Larry Detwiler said.