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Archive for Saturday, April 14, 2012

Storms cause widespread power outages in Kansas

April 14, 2012, 8:11 p.m. Updated April 15, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

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— A tornado that hit Wichita has caused widespread power outages and other damage.

A tornado forms and touches down north of Soloman, Kan., Saturday, April 14, 2012.

A tornado forms and touches down north of Soloman, Kan., Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Kansas Division of Emergency Management spokeswoman Sharon Watson said there were reports of damage to housing in the southeast part of Wichita as well as at McConnell Air Force Base and Spirit AeroSystems.

Westar Energy reported that more than 22,000 people were without power Saturday night, with all but 2,000 of them in the county where Wichita is located.

During the storm, the National Weather Service in Wichita briefly turned over its forecasting duties to the Topeka office while the meteorologists took shelter. The tornado is one of at least 10 to hit the state as part of a powerful storm system.

Meteorologists say one suspected tornado narrowly avoided Salina. Another was on the ground for about half an hour north of Dodge City.

Comments

riverdrifter 2 years, 8 months ago

Big-ass twister on the ground in S. Wichita as of 1030pm.

mom_of_three 2 years, 8 months ago

i haven't heard specifics about wichita, other than parts of mcconnell damage and some places on rock road. I have family near there who sought shelter elsewhere.

Dale Stringer 2 years, 8 months ago

Wichita tornado cause some damage just outside of Argonia. US-160 shutdown there.

DillonBarnes 2 years, 8 months ago

22,000 without power, sounds like an average day for Westar.

Phoghorn 2 years, 8 months ago

I think you mean Solomon, Kansas not Soloman...

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