Tornadoes leave horrific trail of destruction and death across Midwest


Tuesday offered no respite, as a large and unsafe tornado touched down on the western edge of Kansas City, Kan., late in the day, the National Weather Service office reported.

Homes were leveled in Linwood, Kansas, and the Kansas City airport temporarily halted flights and evacuated passengers, the Kansas City Star reported.

Less than an hour after the weather service reported that the tornado had lifted Tuesday night, Kelly, the Kansas governor, announced that President Donald Trump had granted her request for an emergency federal disaster declaration. At 6:25 p.m., a tornado was reported on the ground in Leavenworth County at Alexander Road and Kansas 32.

He asked DeWine if the damaging storms were a surprise, but DeWine credited the news media with "a very good job of telling us that this thing was coming".

"I've lived in Kansas for 43 years, and I've never confronted the kind of storm that passed right by here and I've never seen the damage we're seeing so close to our home", she said.

"I feel lucky I'm alive", he said. "Wife's alive, family's alive, I'm alive".

Severe storms are scary in any situation, but nighttime tornadoes lead to a different sense of insecurity.

The tornadoes were the latest in a bout of severe weather that has struck the Midwest and extended eastward, into Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

A destroyed home sits in a neighborhood after it was hit by a tornado in Lawrence, Kansas.

The latest wave of tornadoes came a day after a spate of twisters pulverised buildings in western OH, killing one person and injuring many others, triggering a recovery effort in neighbourhoods. The latest storms follow tornadoes and floods that killed at least three people in Missouri and six people in Oklahoma the week before, including two in El Reno on Saturday.

There is no power now in the area of Linwood.

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Snowploughs were sent out to clear debris from a major highway.

Some of the heaviest hits were recorded in towns just outside Dayton.

Trailers stand damaged following a tornado in the Northridge suburb of Dayton, Ohio, Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Winds knocked houses off their foundations, toppled trees and hurled so much debris that it could be seen on radar.

There are only four other recorded instances when more than 500 United States tornadoes were observed in a 30-day period: in 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2011, according to Patrick Marsh, a meteorologist with the weather service's Storm Prediction Center. The previous 11-day stretch of at least eight tornadoes per day ended on June 7, 1980.

"This is a risky situation!" the weather service tweeted, warning people that the Kansas tornado "will be rain-wrapped so it will be hard to see".

Debris included pots, foam, wall panels, plant ID tags all presumed from the tornado damage 47 miles away in Linwood, Kansas.

Almost 80 people in and around Dayton went to hospitals with injuries, said Elizabeth Long, a spokeswoman for the Kettering Health Network. But Monday's outbreak was unusual because it happened over a particularly wide geographic area and came amid an especially active stretch of tornadoes, he said.

As for why it's happening, Marsh said high pressure over the Southeast and an unusually cold trough over the Rockies are forcing warm, moist air into the central USA, triggering repeated severe thunderstorms and tornados. And neither system is showing signs of moving, he said. In Brookville, where the storm tore off the school's roof, classes were canceled.

Some residents who left their damaged homes say they're already being victimized, WLWT Channel 5 reports.

Scott Curtis, who owns a home in Northridge Township near Dayton, tells WCPO Channel 9 he is sleeping in his home despite several windows having been blown out by a tornado and the yard covered with debris.