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Saturday, April 14, 2012

"Tornado Emergency" Issued For Wichita Kansas

KWCH-TV is reporting "a large tornado has crossed I-35 near Derby" and is headed northeast.

The NWS issued a "Tornado Emergency" for Wichita...

Wichita Fire department units are reporting large areas of south Wichita without power..

At 10:40 pm- fire companies were dispatched on "a building collapse" at "3801 S. Oliver-" and this is reportedly at the Boeing Aircraft/Spirit AeroSystems Company near McConnell Air Force Base.

There are indications of tornado damage at McConnell AFB itself.

A FD unit updates at 10:48 p.m. states there is "moderate damage" to "buildings" at the Boeing facility.

Gas leaks are reported at "Cedardale and Oaklawn" in Wichita.

At 11:03 pm- IFD reports another "building collapse-"  this at the Beechcraft Aircraft facility.

There have been injuries- number and extent unknown- the same with at least one report of a person missing in the tornado damaged areas of south and southeastern Sedgwick county.

Heavily-hit was the small community of Oaklawn- near McConnell AFB.

At 11:14 pm- there was a report of "people trapped in debris" of their mobile homes at the Pinaire Mobile Home Park and FD units are having to enter the park "on foot."

As of 12:20 am Sunday morning- FD command was reporting "3" injured in the mobile home park- but 2 of those injured haven't had access to EMS units yet."

The one injury was said be be a "cardiac" patient who was in serious condition.

As of 4 am Sunday morning- various news media reports says that about a dozen injuries have been reported in Metro Wichita- but no critical injuries or fatalites (although one person is said to be "missing" still).   

The tornado that hit Wichita continued northeast- and may have struck very near Andover and El Dorado KS northeast of Wichita.

Attempting to get more information on that- but not hearing any reports as of 1 am..

At 11:25 pm- KWCH-TV storm chasers were still reporting a "a large tornado on the ground east of El Dorado."

A tornado also reported on the ground in Ellisworth County KS at that time.

Tornadoes also touched down in Iowa late Saturday afternoon and evening- destroying about 75% of Thurman and damaging a hospital and other structures in Creston.

Early Sunday morning- a tornado struck the northwestern Oklahoma city of Woodward- killing at least 5 and injuring dozens..

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