... A Tornado Warning remains in effect for southern Sedgwick County
until 415 PM CDT...
... Tornado emergency for Wichita...
At 345 PM CDT... a confirmed large... violent and extremely dangerous
tornado was located on the southwest side of Wichita... and moving
northeast at 30 mph.
This is a particularly dangerous situation.
Hazard... deadly tornado.
Source... weather spotters confirmed tornado.
Impact... you could be killed if not underground or in a tornado
shelter. Complete destruction of neighborhoods... businesses
and vehicles will occur. Flying debris will be deadly to
people and animals.
Locations impacted include...
Maize... downtown Wichita... Wichita... Bel Aire... McConnell air forc...
east Wichita and Oaklawn.
This is an extremely dangerous tornado with complete devastation
likely. You could be killed if not underground or in a tornado
shelter. Do not delay... seek shelter now! If no underground shelter
is available seek shelter in an interior room of the lowest level of
a structure... or if time allows... consider moving to an underground
shelter elsewhere. Mobile homes and outbuildings will offer no
shelter from this tornado.
Coming right up Kansas 42. If you are in SW part of town, you need to be in shelter now. NWS calling the situation catastrophic.
Oh my God. Prayers up for everyone on danger.
Prayers for all who are in the path of this storm........
I a a lineman for the county...
Listening to live report on KSN.com TV...
4:53pm EST and they’re bailing out of the studio, heading for basement shelters as tornado begins to impact downtown. Holy carp! Prayers for people and animals there.
4:55pm EST tornado is impacting downtown and moving east. Damage reports coming-in from downtown areas.
4:59pm EST back up into studio. East Wichita getting brunt of moving storm.
Oklahoma City area is under weather attack.
Helo reporter says a tornado is trying to drop.
Rotating wall cloud.
Tornado on the ground.
KFOR-TV via The Weather Channel
OKC/Edmond area has tornado on the ground, large debris, populated area.
My 95 year old aunt lives in Haysville. I’m not liking this.
2.5 Mi NE of Luther OK, circulation with debris.
Helo is about 50 yards from circulation, seeing debris whiz by.
Multiple vortices, “gonna be a big one, guys, trees out of the ground.”
OK tornadic cell is tracking at about 35 mph paralleling Hwy 66. Tornadic activity for about 45 minutes.
Tulsa area is in current path, if storm holds together.
Thank you so much for starting this thread. I’m in KC and watching non-stop since it’s coming my way.
OK tornado cell is being reported as at least an EF3 and probably an EF4.
To my Oklahoma FR brothers and sisters:
Here in Georgia,
we have tornadoes from time to time.
They usually just pop up from out of nowhere in a passing thunderstorm.
We typically don’t get very much warning.
They will just pop up all of a sudden, drop down, tear up things, and go away.
I don’t know if it is because of topography or geography,
or what, but y’all seem to get a least a little bit of waring before you get hit.
I don’t know which is worse...
...knowing one is coming...
...or having one pop up out of nowhere...
...but my prayers are with you, my FR brothers and sisters.
Prayers up and continuing for all involved. Would you please keep us informed? Thank you.
KFOR TV warning Shawnee Mall to evacuate, related areas to find cover.
Storm watcher: OMG! This thing is HUGE.
On the ground!
Bethal Acres area heading toward Shawnee Mall.