Kansas tornado generated 165 mph winds as it destroyed homes

  • A home is destroyed from a possible tornado the next before near Andover, Kan., on Saturday, April 30, 2022  A suspected tornado that barreled through parts of Kansas has damaged multiple buildings, injured several people and left more than 6,500 people without power. (Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

    A home is destroyed from a possible tornado the next before near Andover, Kan., on Saturday, April 30, 2022 A suspected tornado that barreled through parts of Kansas has damaged multiple buildings, injured several people and left more than 6,500 people without power. (Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP) Associated Press

  • A tornado passes south-central Kansas on Friday, April 29, 2022,  southeast Wichita.   A suspected tornado that barreled through parts of Kansas damaged multiple buildings, injured several people and left more than 6,500 people without power, officials said Saturday. (Amy Leiker /The Wichita Eagle via AP)

    A tornado passes south-central Kansas on Friday, April 29, 2022, southeast Wichita. A suspected tornado that barreled through parts of Kansas damaged multiple buildings, injured several people and left more than 6,500 people without power, officials said Saturday. (Amy Leiker /The Wichita Eagle via AP) Associated Press

  • Wichita firefighters fist-bump 7-year-old Camden Oyewole while searching an area in Andover, Kan., on Saturday, April 30, 2022. A suspected tornado that barreled through parts of Kansas has damaged multiple buildings, injured several people and left more than 6,500 people without power. (Jaime Green /The Wichita Eagle via AP)

    Wichita firefighters fist-bump 7-year-old Camden Oyewole while searching an area in Andover, Kan., on Saturday, April 30, 2022. A suspected tornado that barreled through parts of Kansas has damaged multiple buildings, injured several people and left more than 6,500 people without power. (Jaime Green /The Wichita Eagle via AP) Associated Press

  • A destroyed house and other structures are seen in rural Sedgwick County, Kan., on Sunday, May 1, 2022, two days after a tornado was reported in the area. (Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

    A destroyed house and other structures are seen in rural Sedgwick County, Kan., on Sunday, May 1, 2022, two days after a tornado was reported in the area. (Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP) Associated Press

  • A destroyed house and other structures are seen in rural Sedgwick County, Kan., on Sunday, May 1, 2022, two days after a tornado was reported in the area. (Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

    A destroyed house and other structures are seen in rural Sedgwick County, Kan., on Sunday, May 1, 2022, two days after a tornado was reported in the area. (Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP) Associated Press

  • Wichita firefighters search what's left of John's Animal World on Saturday, April 30, 2022 in Andover, Kan.  A suspected tornado that barreled through parts of Kansas has damaged multiple buildings, injured several people and left more than 6,500 people without power. (Jaime Green /The Wichita Eagle via AP)

    Wichita firefighters search what's left of John's Animal World on Saturday, April 30, 2022 in Andover, Kan. A suspected tornado that barreled through parts of Kansas has damaged multiple buildings, injured several people and left more than 6,500 people without power. (Jaime Green /The Wichita Eagle via AP) Associated Press

 
 
Posted5/2/2022 7:00 AM

WICHITA, Kan. -- The tornado that damaged more than more than 1,000 buildings in south-central Kansas generated winds up to 165 mph (266 kph) and carved a path of destruction nearly 13 miles (21 kilometers) long.

The National Weather Service said the tornado that caused extensive damage Friday mostly in the Wichita suburb of Andover and injured several people rated an EF3 on the Enhanced Fujita scale it uses to assess tornadoes.

 

Andover Fire Chief Chad Russell said that at least 300 to 400 buildings were destroyed by the storm as part of a total of 1,074 buildings that were damaged. The Weather Service said the tornado was on the ground for 21 minutes Friday evening.

Four people, including two firefighters who were responding to a call in Andover, were injured during the storm but their injuries were minor.

Russell said it will take years for Andover to recover from this storm.

'The city of Andover will be affected by this for years,' he said. 'We still have scars from 1991 (EF5 tornado). I'm so thankful this tornado was not as bad as that, but we will literally be doing this for years.'

By Sunday, utility crews had restored power to nearly all of the more than 15,000 customers who lost power during the storm. Evergy said less than 1,000 people still lacked power in the Wichita area Sunday morning.

In addition to the storm damage, the Oklahoma State Patrol said three University of Oklahoma meteorology students were killed in a car crash about 85 miles (137 kilometers) north of Oklahoma City in Oklahoma Friday evening as they returned from storm chasing in Kansas.

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