When I lived in The Plains, Ohio, I was about to walk outside to see if my hearing aid was back from the shop and it left me completely deaf without it. Just as I was about to go outside, I pulled the shades back to look and it was shocking. There were trees flying by at rapid speed. As it turned out, my apartment was just outside the apartment building, but everything 30 feet away got wiped out.
We were trapped for days as the streets were filled with downed trees. All in all, it was a very traumatic experience. I had no candles or food for my son and myself. I did find a way out the next day. There was a downed tree, but by driving through the parking lot of a church, I was able to get out and go to the grocery store. After watching this video, I realized just how lucky I was.
The footage you are about to see was originally posted by Tommy Castor on Twitter. The tornado touched down in Andover, Kansas on Saturday and you can see chunks of houses being thrown up in the air and you can’t help feeling sorry for those in the tornado’s path. To add insult to injury, looters followed the path of the tornado, taking advantage of the situation.
Some of the most violent tornado footage I’ve ever seen.
The Andover, Kansas tornado yesterday evening was unbelievable. pic.twitter.com/YtQqN6qlCW
— US StormWatch (@US_Stormwatch) April 30, 2022
Here is a video of the damage:
At midnight, emergency officials talked of “very bad damage” but said they knew of only a few people who had been injured when a tornado barreled through parts of southeast Wichita and Andover on Friday evening. They asked that people stay away from damaged areas because of downed power lines. More than 6,500 people were without power early Saturday.
They asked that people stay away from damaged areas because of downed power lines. More than 6,500 people were without power early Saturday.
Three people in southeast Sedgwick County were injured, one seriously, officials said at a televised news conference. Five people, including two firefighters, had been treated by Butler County EMS for cuts, scratches and falls. One had been taken to the hospital in good condition. Scott Stueven, deputy chief of Butler County EMS, said the agency was still getting calls for service.
Andover fire chief Chad Russell said emergency workers had done a first round of assessments for injuries and were beginning to check properties in damaged areas more methodically.