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The Kansas Highway Patrol says about 20 homes have been damaged but there are no immediate reports of injuries after a tornado touched down outside the small town of Chapman.

Trooper Ben Gardner, a spokesman for the patrol, says troopers were checking a rural area in Dickinson County where it is believed 20 homes were damaged Wednesday night, some significantly.

Gardner says troopers are going from home to home to make sure everyone is OK but there were no immediate reports of injuries or fatalities.

The National Weather Service had warned people to take cover as what it called a "catastrophic" tornado approached Chapman, about 75 miles west of Topeka.

Gardner says it appears the storm traveled south of the town.

A tornado watch is in effect for much of Kansas and part of Oklahoma until 11 p.m.

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