An official said that no injuries were reported so far in the cyclone that hit Andover 2022-04-29 23:21:56

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Update 11 PM:

Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple tweeted that approximately “50-100 buildings” were damaged by the tornado.

In a phone interview, he said that includes potentially destroyed buildings around Wichita, but mostly around Andover. That estimate is based on the city’s contact with Andover officials, he said.

He said that there were no reports of injuries until 11 pm

A shelter has been set up at St Vincent’s Catholic Church, 123 in Andover, in Andover to help people affected by the hurricane.

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Firefighters search a home on south Hedgewood Street in Andover Friday night after a tornado swept through the area. Travis Heing wichita eagle

Update 10pm:

Andover YMCA was badly damaged after a tornado swept through the area Friday night. Part of the YMCA building collapsed and several cars crashed into the building.

The Greater Wichita YMCA released the following statement on Facebook: “Andover YMCA has sustained significant damage as a result of the storm that hit the Andover area this evening. We are grateful that all staff and members who sought refuge in the branch during the storm were unharmed. The branch will be closed until further notice. We will keep everyone on Read as details become available.

In a Facebook post, Andover police asked people to avoid coming into the city.

“We are unsure of the extent of the damage, and emergency crews are responding,” the post says.

Update 9:40 PM:

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Firefighters search a home on south Hedgewood Street in Andover Friday night after a tornado swept through the area. Travis Heing wichita eagle

At least a dozen homes have been destroyed in a southwest Andover YMCA housing development project.

The Andover YMCA was also badly damaged after the tornado swept through the area Friday night. Part of the YMCA building collapsed and several cars crashed into the building.

Eagle photographer Travis Heing reported seeing a car dumped over where a YMCA home had been destroyed. He said homes along Minha and Hedgewood had been badly damaged in the housing development.

It was raining around 9:40 p.m., he said, and the firefighters were going from house to house. The tornado moved through that area after 8 p.m.

Update 9:15 pm:

Parts of Andover were hit by a hurricane, particularly the Andover YMCA and housing development to its southwest.

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Hurricane seen from the 31st and Greenwich. Jenny Sullivan politeness

The Wichita Eagle photographer said homes in the neighborhood were partially destroyed, and rooftops lost. Ambulances were everywhere.

Andover YMCA south of Interstate 54 showed significant damage. An Eagle photographer saw wrecked cars being pushed toward the south entrance, and police officers searched the area with flashlights in complete darkness. The power was out of the area.

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A tornado could be seen passing through Andover from K-96 on Friday night. Travis Heing wichita eagle

Drone footage of Hurricane Andover shows strong winds tearing apart homes as they move through the area.

The original 9 p.m.

A tornado was captured in Butler County on video Friday night.

Severe weather moved across the Wichita area on Friday, bringing hail, strong winds, and a hurricane, captured by Brenton Swart’s video. It was in a rural area in Butler County, southeast of Andover. The video shows the tornado making landfall and moving just after 8 p.m., and Swart also reported seeing at least one power line in the area.

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A tornado could be seen passing through Andover from K-96 on Friday night. Travis Heing wichita eagle

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Hurricane seen from the 31st and Greenwich. Jenny Sullivan politeness

KSN said they have reports of damage, from what appears to be the same tornado, in the nearby Andover area. KSN reported that the hurricane and weather system were moving northeast.

At approximately 8:50 p.m., KSN reported a tornado near El Dorado, northeast of Andover.

This story was originally published April 29, 2022 9:06 pm.

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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.



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