A large and destructive tornado struck Linwood, Kansas, causing extensive damage. Photos and videos showed the devastation. Videos showed one home torn from its foundation. At least a dozen homes were destroyed in Linwood, ABC News reported.
KMBC-TV upped the damage total to “dozens and dozens of destroyed homes,” noting, “SHOCKING. The damage in parts of Douglas County and Linwood can only be described as tragic. A large tornado ripped through the area.” Dozens of homes are “all gone,” Linwood Mayor Brian Christenson told CNN.
“We have local crews moving stuff around. City crews are moving with tractors, a lot of civilians are helping cut trees off cars and off houses,” he said, according to Fox4KC.
However, journalist Ariel Rothfield of KHSB-TV reported that first responders told her there were no fatalities and only minor injuries. KMBC-TV reported that a large “rain-wrapped tornado” ripped through Linwood.
News reporters went live from the scene, which is located near Lawrence, Kansas. Lawrence is located in Douglas County. Douglas County officials told the Kansas City Star that at least 11 people were injured in Lawrence from the twister.
In Linwood, wrote the Star, “houses were damaged and destroyed for a mile in any direction.” Bonner Springs, another community in Kansas, also suffered damage, according to ABC News.
The Kansas Red Cross wrote on Twitter, “The American Red Cross is opening a shelter in Lawrence, Kansas, following a tornado that touched down this evening. The shelter is located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Building 21 (2120 Harper Street, Lawrence, KS 66046).”
LMH Health in Lawrence wrote, “LMH Health has activated its emergency incident command center and is receiving patients with injuries. Great staff response. Our thoughts are with those impacted, including some of our LMH Health family. Everybody stay safe!”
Linwood, population only about 375, is positioned about 45 minutes from Kansas City, and, for a brief period of time, Kansas City metro was also threatened by the twister. However, that threat passed.
The lack of reported deaths so far was good news considering the degree of damage captured in photos and social media accounts. “Just got a text from a friend in Linwood saying their ‘house is gone,'” wrote one Twitter user. You can see updated radar for the Kansas City area here.
Here’s what you need to know:
The Twister Carried Debris Many Miles From Linwood
Debris from Linwood was spotted in another community miles away.
Frightening videos of the twister emerged on social media.
Photos showed damage to homes and businesses.
Earlier in the evening, there were tornado warnings in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York City. It was a week of destructive tornadoes as twisters hit Jefferson City, Missouri, the Dayton, Ohio area, and El Reno, Oklahoma.
According to NBC New York, the storm that briefly imperiled New York City is the same system that created the tornadoes that devastated parts of the Midwest. There were 52 tornadoes Monday in eight states, NBC New York reported.
“So much damage out there. We pray for you Linwood and for anyone affected tonight. If you are out helping please stay safe and we hope we continue to hear it is only homes or cars damaged,” BHLS Athletics wrote on Twitter.
Kansas City International Airport was temporarily closed on the evening of May 28, 2019, with the airport tweeting, “Airfield is still closed because of storm debris that includes tree limbs & pieces of structures from elsewhere. Field Maintenance crews now onsite to clear. Optimistic reopening 10:30pm. Check http://FlyKCI.com or airline site.” The airport later extended the closure to at least 11 p.m.