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Massive tornado rips through Kansas City, Kansas


At least 11 people were injured, numerous homes were damaged and debris scattered at the airport after several suspected tornadoes swept through the Kansas City metropolitan area on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

The injuries have been reported in Douglas County after it was hit by a large and destructive tornado. Numerous homes were damaged, large trees and power poles downed, leaving more than 13 000 without power.

The tornado first impacted just outside of county seat Lawrence and then moved into the town of Linwood, causing serious damage.

According to the Lawrence Journal-World, Douglas County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jenn Hethcoat said six people had been taken to the Lawrence hospital with injuries suffered during the storm, including one with serious injuries, and five more people were headed to the hospital.

Kansas City received 39.6 mm (1.56 inches) of rainfall on May 28, pushing the monthly total to 325.3 mm (12.81 inches) and breaking the old May record of 323.8 mm (12.75 inches) set in 1995, NWS office in Kansas City said. This also makes this May the 3rd wettest month for any month in Kansas City's 131-year period of record.

"Our survey crews will be heading out shortly to survey damage from the two tornadoes that we know of," the office said 11:33 UTC today. "A proper survey takes time and we'll have more information for you later today."

Image credit: NOAA/GOES-East

Featured image credit: NOAA/GOES-East. Acquired 00:00 UTC on May 29, 2019


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