There were at least 12 people injured in a massive rain-wrapped tornado that touched down on the western edge of Kansas City, Kansas, on Tuesday.
The large and intense twister hit just outside of Lawrence and then ripped through Pleasant Grove, Bonner Springs and Linwood. This path has become a brutal stretch of severe weather across the central and southern plains that has left chaos and destruction in its wake.
“Houses were damaged and destroyed for a mile in any direction,” The Kansas City Star wrote about the devastation in Linwood, a city with a population of about 375 people.
Kim Buchanan, deputy director of Emergency Management in Leavenworth County, guessed that about 30 houses in the area were damaged, NPR member station KCUR reported.
“It is something we haven’t seen in Leavenworth County in a very long time,” Buchanan said.
In Lawrence, the police department said the tornado struck just outside the city limits. Although the city was spared, officials said on Twitter, “Large trees, power lines, and debris” were strewn along roads on the southeastern end of the city, making some impassable.
“Please do not go sight seeing tornado damage,” the department pleaded. “This only hampers the efforts of emergency workers.”
The Lawrence Police posted these comments:
“Most structural damage appears to have occurred near Lawrence as the tornado passed just outside the city limits. We are not finding major structural damage within city limits. HOWEVER…”
“Large trees, power lines, and debris are along roads on the southeastern edge of the city. Some are impassable. Please do not go sight seeing tornado damage. This only hampers the efforts of emergency workers.”
Lawrence Memorial Hospital said a dozen patients were being treated at the facility.
“LMH Health is treating 12 patients with injuries from the tornado,” officials said on Twitter. “One is in surgery. No conditions or status are available. Neighbors are streaming into the hospital seeking shelter.”
The Associated Press reported the town of Bonner Springs, endured a serious battering with toppled trees, power outages and structural damage to buildings.
“The storms in Kansas City Tuesday were the 12th straight day that at least eight tornadoes were reported to the National Weather Service,” the wire service said.
Charles Peak posted this message with photos of the devastation.
We were first on scene to a tornado that hit a neighborhood off of Hwy 59 just north of Pleasant Grove, KS. Happy to say all went to their basements and were ok. @weatherchannel #KSwx #tornado pic.twitter.com/pVZjhR6TrF— Charles Peek (@CharlesPeekWX) May 29, 2019