21 minutes, 12.5 miles, 300 to 400 buildings: Track trail, EF-3 tornado damage 2022-05-01 09:00:39


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Tornado Tears via Andover, KS

A tornado hit south central Kansas Friday night, leaving damage in its wake, but few casualties. Residents of the Wichita area and Andover, Sedgwick and Butler counties collect the details.

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A map released on Saturday afternoon shows the path of an EF-3 tornado that made landfall in Sedgwick County and then blasted into Butler County on Friday night.

Andover fire chief Chad Russell said nearly 1,074 buildings were on its way, and at least 300 to 400 buildings were destroyed.

Here’s what we know about the hurricane as of Saturday afternoon:

  • Preliminary results indicate that the tornado first made landfall at 8:10 p.m. around South 127th Street and East 39th Streets South, in rural Sedgwick County.
  • He moved to the northeast, causing “significant damage” with “the most serious casualties” in a rural area before moving on to damage some homes in a small plot of Wichita and then entering Butler County, according to Andover Fire Chief Chad Russell.
  • The greatest damage occurred in the Andover region. The tornado moved to the northeast before ending at 8:31 p.m. near SW 30th Street and SW Indianola, which is southeast of Benton.

  • It traveled 12.75 miles and remained on the ground for approximately 21 minutes. It’s typical for a hurricane to last this long and go that far, said Chance Hayes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
  • The tornado was an EF-3, with estimated winds of 136 to 165 mph.
  • Four people were injured in Andover: two firefighters responded to the call, one was injured during hurricane damage and another was injured while trying to evacuate. They are all adults and the injuries were minor. Russell said Sedgwick County had two people with serious injuries and a couple with minor injuries.

It will take years to recover, Russell said.

“The city of Andover will be affected by this for years,” he said. “We still have scars from 1991 (the EF-5 tornado). I am so thankful this tornado wasn’t that bad, but we’ll literally be doing it for years.”

Hurricane Andover flattened a house on April 29, 2022. (April 30, 2022) Mia Hennen / Wichita Journalism Collaborative

This story was originally published April 30, 2022 9:01 p.m.

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Michael Stavola covers breaking news in The Wichita Eagle. He won national and several government awards during his six years working for newspapers in Kansas. He finished his MBA from Wichita State University in the spring of 2020. Michael loves to play sports, hunt and spend time with his wife and their dog Marley.