MASSIVE TORNADO Moves Through South Witchita
A massive tornado struck in south Witchita tonight. Extensive damage reported.
Salina, Kansas was also hit by a tornado earlier tonight.
A large tornado moved through south Wichita around 10 p.m. Saturday night.
There have been reports of significant damage.
McConnell Air Force base has hangar damage, and a building at the Spirit Aerosystem’s plant has collapsed. KSN Meteorologist Leon Smitherman is on the scene at 31st Street South and Oliver. He says you can see insulation hanging from the power lines.
The Oaklawn area of Wichita is labeled as a crisis area.
Mid-Continent Airport there have been reports of hangar damage.
Near 47th Street South and Clifton, three homes were damaged.
So far, we are hearing of no reports of injuries.
Emergency vehicles are all over south Wichita.
Officials urge people to stay home and not to sightsee.
At least 9,000 people are without power in Wichita.
KSN will continue to follow this developing story.
KAKE has more on the tornado.
The tornado hit Sedgwick County after 10:00 p.m.
There are multiple reports of damage in Haysville and the Oaklawn area. Crews are just getting out to assess the damage.
KAKE’s Jeff Herndon reports substantial damage at Spirit Aerosystems in South Wichita. Spirit Aerosystems is Wichita’s largest employer.
There are reports of damage at the Pinaire Mobile Home Park, 5205 S. Clifton.
KAKEland Storm Chaser Bryce Kintigh reports a QuikTrip at Pawnee and Rock Road was destroyed.
At 10:45, Westar reported more than 25,000 customers without power.