Archive for April 14th, 2012
From Sedgwick County Emergency Management concerning the tornado that passed across the Wichita Metro tonight:
We will have significant damage across south and east Sedgwick County; numerous buildings suffered partial collapse or worse. We still are trying to get a handle on situational awareness as far as building damage. So far, injury reports are few and minor.
He did go on to say that the assessment is not complete and they do have a mobile home park that was hit and a nursing home that was deroofed.
In this radar image, you can see the storm producing the tornado that struck Wichita approaching El Dorado.
To the northwest, a thunderstorm producing a confirmed tornado that is on the ground is south of Salina.
MOBILE HOME PARK HIT
We have reports that a mobile home park near Oaklawn on the southern side of Wichita.
Mike Wilhelm and John Brown are back in Oklahoma at their hotel. They saw four or five tornadoes, including the twin tornadoes near Cherokee OK.
Tornado was visible at 10:36 p.m. near McConnell AFB.
The tornado has crossed the southern part of Wichita and is moving through eastern Wichita metro now.
Another large and extremely dangerous tornado is moving toward Salina now.
The two largest cities in the Wichita DMA are being threatened right now.
Catastrophic tornado warning for Wichita.
It is very near McConnell AFB.
Tracking along I-35, the Kansas Turnpike.
Will pass near Andover. Andover is infamous from the 1991 violent tornado that hit that community.
1 S South Wichita [Sedgwick Co, KS] trained spotter reports TORNADO at 10:29 PM CDT — 55th and broadway,tornado on the ground.
INTENSE WIND GUST
84 mph at the Wichita Airport.
Reports of destroyed houses coming in now.
Significant damage 63rd and Hydraulic. Significant damage at the airport.
WFUS53 KICT 150327
BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
ISSUED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
1027 PM CDT SAT APR 14 2012
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WICHITA HAS ISSUED A
* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
WEST CENTRAL BUTLER COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS…
EASTERN SEDGWICK COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS…
* UNTIL 1100 PM CDT
* AT 1019 PM CDT…TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR THE WICHITA METRO AREA. A
CONFIRMED LARGE…VIOLENT AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO WAS
LOCATED NEAR HAYSVILLE…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.
THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
SOURCE…RADAR CONFIRMED TORNADO.
IMPACT…THIS IS A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION. YOU COULD BE KILLED
IF NOT UNDERGROUND OR IN A TORNADO SHELTER. COMPLETE
DESTRUCTION OF ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOODS IS LIKELY. MANY WELL
BUILT HOMES AND BUSINESSES WILL BE COMPLETELY SWEPT FROM
THEIR FOUNDATIONS. DEBRIS WILL BLOCK MOST ROADWAYS. MASS
DEVASTATION IS HIGHLY LIKELY MAKING THE AREA
UNRECOGNIZABLE TO SURVIVORS.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
SOUTHERN AND EASTERN WICHITA METRO AREA…PARK CITY…BEL
AIRE…ANDOVER…BENTON…EAST WICHITA…MCCONNELL AIR FORCE
BASE… AND KECHI.
THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO WITH COMPLETE DEVASTATION
LIKELY. YOU COULD BE KILLED IF NOT UNDERGROUND OR IN A TORNADO
SHELTER. DO NOT DELAY…SEEK SHELTER NOW! IF NO UNDERGROUND SHELTER
IS AVAILABLE SEEK SHELTER IN AN INTERIOR ROOM OF THE LOWEST LEVEL OF
A STRUCTURE…OR IF TIME ALLOWS…CONSIDER MOVING TO AN UNDERGROUND
SHELTER ELSEWHERE. MOBILE HOMES AND OUTBUILDINGS WILL OFFER NO
SHELTER FROM THIS TORNADO.
LAT…LON 3791 9728 3773 9701 3753 9729 3761 9745
TIME…MOT…LOC 0326Z 230DEG 45KT 3763 9725
TORNADO DAMAGE THREAT…CATASTROPHIC
GARGAN warning forthcoming for Wichita Metro area…
from Tim Marquis (via spotternetwork.org) @ 10:15 PM CDT — (S) Tor — — Spotter is 3 miles SE of Peck, KS (Sumner county) [37.449/-97.332] — Large wedge tornado approximately 3 miles to my north. (SN#1117
Tyler Costantini (via spotternetwork.org) @ 10:15 PM CDT — (S) Other — — Spotter is 1 miles S of Derby, KS (Sedgwick county) [37.525/-97.269] — I am seeing several power flashes to our NW in the direction of Hayesville aprox 5 miles away.. (SN#11180)
Power just went out in southwest Wichita. Visible on the KSN skycam.
from Donovan Gruner (via spotternetwork.org) @ 10:21 PM CDT — (S) Tor — — Spotter is 1 miles S of Wego-Waco, KS (Sedgwick county) [37.501/-97.334] — Wedge tornado and powerflashes observed five minutes ago three miles north
Gene Yates (via spotternetwork.org) @ 10:22 PM CDT — (S) Tor — — Spotter is 1 miles NE of Wego-Waco, KS (Sedgwick county) [37.529/-97.324] — Large tornado crosses 35 2 miles ahead of us we are at mile marker 37 multiple power flashes near haysville. (SN#11182)
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