Tornado touches down in Wichita, but no injuries

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Authorities say a tornado has touched down in Wichita but emergency officials say there are no injuries or fatalities.

Sedgwick County emergency management director Randy Duncan says officials are “very grateful.” He added that there are few damage reports.

Weather service meteorologists say the twister touched down on the southwest side of the city near Wichita Mid-Continent Airport shortly before 4 p.m.  on Sunday and was moving northeast at 30 mph. It was wrapped in rain, and it wasn’t clear how long it was on the ground.

The National Weather Service described the tornado as “large, violent and extremely dangerous.”

As of 10 p.m., Westar Energy was reporting about 5,590 power outages in Sedgwick County.

The tornado is part of a large storm system making its way through the Plains and upper Midwest. Tornado watches have been issued for parts of several states.

 

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