Tornado, Strong Winds Cause Sunday Damage in Kansas, Oklahoma UPDATED
8:40 p.m. (AP) — A tornado has touched down in rural Lyon County, near Emporia, causing structural damage to homes.
Kansas Division of Emergency Management spokeswoman Sharon Watson says the tornado hit around 5:40 p.m. Sunday. She didn’t know how many homes sustained damage.
Earlier in the evening, a tornado touched down in the Wichita area, causing structural damage to homes near Wichita Mid-Continent Airport and in nearby rural areas.
As of 7 p.m., Westar Energy was reporting about 10,000 power outages in Sedgwick County.
Watson says there are no reports of injuries or fatalities in the state.
7:30 P.M.(AP) — Authorities say tornadoes touched down in Wichita, Kan., and a suburb of Oklahoma City but there are no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage.
Sedgwick County, Kan., emergency management director Randy Duncan says officials are “very grateful” about the few reports of damage from the tornado that touched down near Wichita Mid-Continent Airport shortly before 4 p.m. CDT Sunday.
A tornado also reportedly grazed the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond before heading toward a sparsely populated area. There were reports of debris but no injuries or traffic crashes.
The National Weather Service described the tornado as “large, violent and extremely dangerous” and said it was moving northeast at 30 mph.
The tornadoes are part of a large storm system moving through the Plains and upper Midwest.
Kansas Division of Emergency Management spokeswoman Sharon Watson says the damage is reported near Wichita Mid-Continent Airport and in nearby rural areas. That’s where a tornado touched down around 4 p.m. CDT Sunday.
There are no reports of injuries or fatalities.
Westar is reporting that about 7,500 customers are without power in Sedgwick County.
The tornado was part of a large storm system moving through the Plains and upper Midwest.