A fierce hurricane hits Andover, Kansas, causing extensive damage 2022-04-29 23:19:40


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An outbreak of severe storms swept the eastern half of Kansas and Nebraska on Friday, unleashing tornadoes, damaging winds and massive hail in both states.

A major tornado occurred just before sunset in the eastern suburbs of Wichita before entering the city of Andover, where it caused extensive damage. There were no immediate reports of injuries, but… Many homes and businesses damaged or destroyed.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly (D) declare a state of emergency In the aftermath of the storm.

Social media footage of the hurricane showed a violent, fast-moving storm ripping through Andover like a chainsaw. Among the structures badly damaged was the YMCA as cars rushed into the building, which partially collapsed.

“Andover YMCA suffered significant damage as a result of the storm that hit the Andover area this evening,” YMCA in Wichita He wrote on his Facebook page. “We are grateful that not all of the staff and members who sought refuge in the branch were injured during the storm.”

wichita eagle mentioned Dozens of homes were destroyed in a nearby division.

Hurricane Andover was among 14 reports of plains tornadoes received by the National Weather Service Friday night, 11 from Kansas and three from Nebraska.

How did Hurricane Andover develop?

As a cold front approached, a rotating thunderstorm or piercing cell formed over Wichita. The isolated cell evolved from a near-heavy storm to a hurricane fall in about 30 minutes.

As it passed through Andover, about 10 miles to the east, the hurricane shed debris up to 21,000 feet. early analysis Indicates that an Andover tornado may be rated at least EF3 on a scale of 0 to 5 for hurricane intensity.

Additional storms passed through the area as the cold front moved, complicating initial response efforts.

The first hurricane warning for Storm Andover was issued at 8:10 p.m. Central time. At 8:13 p.m., a confirmed tornado was tracked near the city. It continued northeast toward El Dorado, as a tornado was reported southwest of town at 8:51 p.m.

The storm itself continued to produce additional hurricanes to the east of El Dorado, where a “large and extremely dangerous confirmed hurricane” alerted the particularly dangerous situation. At 9:32 p.m., the major tornado was 15 miles west of Eureka and a line of storms crossed to the west, eventually reducing the hurricane threat.

Storm swept Andover nearly 31 years after an even more destructive hurricane. On April 26, 1991, an F5 tornado, the highest possible rating, circled parts of the city, killing 17 and injuring 225. It was part of an outbreak that knocked 55 tornadoes across the plains. One of the Most viewed tornado video at the time It came from McConnell Air Force Base as it passed.

Additional storms that formed earlier in the day in the north, especially near the Kansas and Nebraska borders, caused several tornadoes. Mostly it seemed like they were shooting fast and weak, causing little effect.

Several reports of gusts of 80 to 90 mph have been recorded by the Weather Service. A four-inch hail report came from northeastern Kansas with the first round of storms.

The possibility of significant hail to the south in Oklahoma has been thwarted by a layer of warm air above called cap. A cap tends to prevent storms from forming, but when it does break, storms can break out and quickly become violent; This was the case in Andover.

Jason Samino contributed to this report.