ENVIRONMENT
05/27/2016 01:43 pm ET

Stunning Photos Show Massive Storms, Tornadoes Sweeping Across Midwest

More than 30 tornadoes were reported on Tuesday alone.

Midwest states were bracing Friday for another round of strong thunderstorms and damaging tornadoes, continuing a week of severe weather that has left a large swath of devastation in its wake.

More than 30 tornadoes were reported across five different states from Michigan to Texas on Tuesday. One in central Kansas was estimated to be as much as a half-mile wide.

On Wednesday, another 14 tornadoes were reported in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, where Reuters wrote storms snapped power lines and damaged railroad track.

A tornado thought to be about a half-mile wide touched down Wednesday night near the northern Kansas town of Chapman. The funnel remained on the ground for more than an hour and a half, during which time it destroyed around 25 homes and flipped numerous cars. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service later rated the Wednesday night tornado an EF4, with peak winds at around 180 mph.

A tornado is seen south of Dodge City, Kansas, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
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A tornado is seen south of Dodge City, Kansas, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

And on Thursday, yet another strong storm generated a reported 16 tornadoes across five states, forcing a brief evacuation of the Kansas City International Airport.

One tornado in the southeast Texas town of Navasota also struck a state prison. No injuries were reported, though the twister damaged the prison roof.

  • Lightning from a severe storm fills the sky behind a grain elevator in Belvue, Kansas, on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The storm
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    Lightning from a severe storm fills the sky behind a grain elevator in Belvue, Kansas, on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The storm produced tornados near Chapman, Kansas.
  • As the sun sets, a tornado moves through the area near Woodward, Oklahoma, in this Monday, May 23, 2016, frame from video.
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    As the sun sets, a tornado moves through the area near Woodward, Oklahoma, in this Monday, May 23, 2016, frame from video.
  • Lightning strikes cloud-to-cloud along a county road near Lawrence, Kansas, on Thursday, May 26, 2016.
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    Lightning strikes cloud-to-cloud along a county road near Lawrence, Kansas, on Thursday, May 26, 2016.
  • A tornado is seen south of Dodge City, Kansas, moving north on May 24, 2016.
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    A tornado is seen south of Dodge City, Kansas, moving north on May 24, 2016.
  • A tornado is seen south of Dodge City, Kansas, moving north on May 24, 2016.
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    A tornado is seen south of Dodge City, Kansas, moving north on May 24, 2016.
  • A funnel cloud moves across the field near Dodge City in Ford County, Kansas, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, as seen in an im
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    A funnel cloud moves across the field near Dodge City in Ford County, Kansas, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, as seen in an image made from KWTV-KOTV video.
  • Storm damage on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Bristow, Oklahoma, seen in an aerial image made from a KWTV-KOTV video.
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    Storm damage on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Bristow, Oklahoma, seen in an aerial image made from a KWTV-KOTV video.
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