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The Kansas tornado sweeps through Wichita and Andover, causing severe damage

A suspected tornado that ripped through parts of Kansas damaged several buildings, injured several people and left more than 6,500 people without power, officials said Saturday.

Officials said the suspected twister moved through parts of southeastern Wichita and Andover Friday night. Andover Fire Chief Chad Russell said during a news conference early Saturday morning that 50 to 100 buildings were damaged in Sedgwick County, although it wasn’t immediately known how many buildings were damaged in Andover.

Russell said in some neighborhoods the houses were “completely blown away”.

Officials said few injuries were reported. Three people were injured in Sedgwick County, including a woman who sustained serious injuries. Russell said no injuries have been reported in Butler County, but a second assessment will be conducted Saturday morning.

Russell said that while it wasn’t immediately known how many buildings had been damaged, more than 900 buildings were in the path of the suspected tornado.

He said some neighborhoods were “damaged so badly that houses were completely demolished” and named areas that were “very badly damaged”.

City Hall was also damaged, which hampered “some of our efforts,” Russell said. Other buildings reportedly damaged included the Dr. Jim Farha Andover YMCA and Prairie Creek Elementary School.

Firefighters search a home in Andover, Kansas after a tornado tore through the area east of Wichita on April 29, 2022.
Firefighters search a home in Andover, Kansas after a tornado tore through the area east of Wichita on April 29, 2022.
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