Homes ‘totally wrecked’ as tornado hits Kansas 2022-04-30 08:18:00


Suspect tornado that rushed across parts of kansas Officials said several buildings, injuring several people, and leaving more than 6,500 people without power.

Officials said the suspected tornado moved through parts of southeastern Wichita and Andover on Friday evening. Andover Fire Chief Chad Russell, during a Saturday morning news conference, said between 50 and 100 buildings were damaged in Sedgwick County, though he did not immediately know how many buildings were damaged in Andover.

Firefighters search for a house in Andover.
Firefighters search for a house in Andover. Photo: Travis Heying / AP

In some neighborhoods, Russell said, homes were completely destroyed.

Officials said only a few injuries had been reported. And in Sedgwick County, three people were injured, including a woman who was seriously injured. No injuries were reported in Butler County, Russell said, but a secondary evaluation will be conducted on Saturday.

While it was not immediately known how many buildings were damaged, Russell said, there are more than 900 buildings in the suspected hurricane’s path.

He said some neighborhoods were “damaged enough that homes were completely destroyed” and pointed to areas that had been “severely damaged”.

Russell said City Hall had also sustained damage, hampering “some of our efforts”. Other buildings that sustained damage included the Dr. Jim Farha Andover YMCA School and Prairie Creek Elementary School.