Skip to comments.Wichita in tornado crosshairs.
Posted on 04/14/2012 8:16:57 PM PDT by lmr
Severe Storms in Wichita. Large Tornado moving into Southwest part of city. Haysville, Derby, Wichita especially in the crosshairs. We're hunkered down here and prepared. It looks like it might miss us, but there are more storms expected tonight. Looks like a long evening. Stay Safe!
I’ve been watching the Weather Channel - Looks scary in the middle of the country.
Prayers for all.
>I’m listening to “Wichita Metro Area Sheriff, Fire, EMS, and HWP” using the Scanner Radio app<
Sounds scary out there. From South MS, stay safe!
Weather Channel saying damage reports coming in from South Metro Witchita, Witchita Airport, and McConnel AFB.
I know the 'being in the crosshairs' feeling.
Hard to sleep.
Everyone stay vigilant. Might be a time for our bread-basket FReepers to forgo a few hours of sleep.
AP Reporting via Twitter that a tornado has tornado destroyed about 75 percent of small western Iowa town of Thurman.
CNN reporting a tornado struck a hospital in Creston, Iowa.
“”We have been hit. We are triaging and moving patients,” a spokeswoman at Greater Regional Medical Center in the south-central Iowa city confirmed.
City Council member Randy White told CNN he was aware of no serious injuries. “A lot of windows have been broken out and some cars have been flipped over. We can’t see a lot right now because the power is out.”
A temporary hospital was set up at Southwestern Community College, White said.
There are reports of a trailer park destroyed in Wichita. Victims are in the rubble and gas fires are burning.
So far so good in KC but I’m afraid we may get some nasty weather after midnight. I’m prepared - got things together this afternoon. You, please, be safe.
Developing: NWS: Confirmed tornado near Kanopolis State Park, KS, moving NE at 55 mph (1123 pm CDT)
I’ve been following the storms tonight on this live feed from the Kansas City Star...up to the minute info....
Radar indicated tornado moving into areas in and north of Lincoln. Get ready Omaha.
A post on American Weather Forums says a nursing home has collapsed in Wichita.
It looks rough on raw radar. The pressure is strong. Anyone on this frontal path needs to be covered up. Darkness is a curse for this situation.
Per WitchitaFire.Org Twitter:
Sedgewick County Fire Dept. Declaring Oaklawn a crisis Zone, PEr Battalion 24
RT @KVOEA M1400: WX: Tornado on ground southeast of Cassoday moving NE at 40mph.
There are some powerful tornadoes moving through parts of Kansas tonight. One passed about 2 miles from my parents home. Damage reports are trickling in. but darkness is hampering relief efforts.
We’ll know a lot more tomorrow. We expect widespread damage.
11:42pm (CST)- a confirmed tornado was located 5 miles northeast of Brookville - moving NE at 55 mph
From your American Weather Forum:
“Report of 70-80 “victims” at Pinaire Mobile Home park in SE Wichita. Unknown extent of injuries. impassable due to debris.”
The wind is very gusty here in Topeka but no rain yet.
Watching a line develop and moving out of the Texas Panhandle right at you if yer in Wichita KS.....
Prayers up for ya !
Stay safe !
Tornado spotters report tornado on ground 7 miles SE of Gage, OK, moving NE at 45 mph - @stormchaser4850
Prayers up for all.
Things are getting a little exciting up here in Iowa again as well. And more moving in out of Nebraska.
I think I’m going to have to stay up a lot later than I intended...
Gosh, these babies are moving fast up here.
Just had a pretty intense cell pass just a couple miles to the west while another cell was moving past just a couple miles to the east. Went right around us on both sides.
Near Woodward, OK as well. OKC Channel 9 live coverage just talking about apartment complex that’s been hit/destroyed, theater hit as well, natural gas smell.
I’d been back on earlier, but the power was out for several hours. I’m in Haysville. It missed us by about 2 miles. We aren’t far from Oaklawn which seems to have got the worst of it. A close call for us. Prayers to all affected.
Tornado IS hitting Woodward, OK now. @NEWS9 has a chaser there: LIVE: http://bit.ly/IJJTi8
He’s giving AMAZING live reports from Woodward, telling EMS to role EVERYBODY.
This is line 3 for Oklahoma.
Live link to TV-9 feed. I think this is OKC?
Reporter is calling for EVERYBODY to come and help.
“Hes giving AMAZING live reports from Woodward, telling EMS to role EVERYBODY.”
This guy is driving around and giving storm damage reports? Yikes!
Houses wiped out in Woodward, OK.
They think Strong City, OK just got hit.
Oh no. Prayers being sent.
Looks like the Creston, Iowa hospital was hit tonight.
CRESTON, Iowa - A possible tornado damaged a hospital in Creston on Saturday night.
Authorities with the Creston Police Department said the damage was reported at the Greater Regional Medical Center about 7:30 p.m.
The extent of the damage is not yet known, but a nursing home near the hospital also sustained damage.
Creston Mayor Warren Woods said power lines are down all over Creston, and much of the city is without electricity.
At Southwest Community College, roof damage was found on dormitories, and there were other reports of damage there.
Police said there were reports of injuries.
If the general direction of the storm holds and it holds together, it looks like it’s headed just north of the storm that just hit Wichita.
Woodward, Oklahoma HIT HARD.
Multiple reports that Tornado sirens DID NOT go off.
At night, that could be very, very bad.
KOCO just showed video of what appears to be a large tornado of the Woodward, OK Tornado. Woodward fire chief reporting devastation in Woodward with a large area affected.
New Tornado Warning, ppassing just north of Manhatten, KS.
Isn’t North of Mahatten Fort Riley?
Yes that area is Fort Riley. Storm radio now reports tornado warning in Pottawatomie County KS
Prayers up for everyone in the paths of these storms.
Grapefruit sized hail right now north of Manhattan KS
That is hard to imagine coming out of the sky.
Been following The Weather Channel all night.
The updrafts and inflow circulations have to be tremendous to produce that size hail.
Right now I’m watching local coverage and the weatherman on WIBW Topeka reported that. I can’t even imagine the damage that would do. The old Tornado Watch was to expire in about 30 minutes but has been extended.
I've seen it. Goes right through some roofs.
Thank you. Tomorrow morning early will still be bad from what I’m hearing.
I’ve seen ping pong ball size and that was bad enough on cars and windows, just can’t imagine grapefruit size.