Shocking Footage Shows Huge Tornado Barrel Rolling Through Andover Kansas Destroying At Least 100 Structures
- A massive tornado touched down in Andover, Kansas on Saturday, tearing through homes, power lines and community centers as counties across the state issued warnings
- Videos from residents and storm chasers show the tornado’s devastation on the city, with vehicles thrown at the local YMCA which lost part of its roof to the tornado
- Nearby towns have sent rescue workers to help Andover as police warn others to stay away
- The tornado came just days after the 31st anniversary of the deadly Andover tornadoes that killed 21
A massive tornado touched down in Andover, Kansas on Saturday, tearing through homes, power lines and community centers and destroying at least 100 structures.
The storm caused extensive damage to the town of Andover, where it leveled homes on Andover Road and damaged the capital’s Federal Amphitheater and the local YMCA, which saw part of its roof collapse, reported KWCH.
Local residents and area storm chasers captured images and video of the storm and its aftermath, with a man filming the moment the tornado hit power lines, lighting up the sky with violent flashes of light.
Moments later, the storm chaser reaches the area through which the tornado passed, revealing rows of houses devastated by the tornado.
Brandon Whipple, mayor of the nearby town of Whicita which provides aid to Andover, said around 50 to 100 buildings were damaged in Andover by the storm.
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A massive tornado touched down in Andover, Kansas on Saturday night as counties across the state issued warnings
Three vehicles were thrown in front of the Andover YMCA building, which was devastated by the tornado
Homes across the city were devastated during the tornado’s passage. Pictured is a cul de sac ravaged by the storm
Homes in the tornado’s path were heavily damaged, others completely flattened by the tornado
A man is seen coming out of his house and assessing the damage which destroyed an entire wall and part of the roof
The Andover YMCA also suffered heavy damage as part of its ceiling collapsed as the storm passed
The Greater Wichita YMCA said the Andover branch will be closed due to the damage, but no employees were injured in the storm.
“The Andover YMCA suffered significant damage from the storm that hit the Andover area this evening. We are grateful that all staff and members who took shelter at the branch during the storm were uninjured.
A Snapchat user with the Aaryn handle also captured video of the aftermath in his neighborhood as neighbors came out to check on each other.
The video shows the block’s houses heavily damaged, some completely razed to the ground, as Aaryn can only say, “Oh my god”. All that cul-de-sac is gone.
Counties across the state issued tornado warnings on Saturday, with tornadoes appearing and dissipating across Kansas, including Wichita, Sedgwick and Butler.
Andover, which is located in Wichita County, appears to be the hardest hit area. Nearby towns sent rescuers to help Andover.
Many residents and storm chasers captured multiple angles of the tornado as it crumbled
A Snapchat user filming the aftermath at his neighbor’s house lamented that his dead end was all but gone
Tornadoes have been spotted across Kansas with Storm Andover moving through Wichita, Sedgwick and Butler
Saturday’s storm comes days after the 31st anniversary of the deadly F5 tornado outbreak that hit Oklahoma and Kansas in 1991.
The deadly storms lasted two days and killed a total of 21 people, including 17 in Andover alone.
Acting Wichita Police Chief Lem Moore said authorities are working to assess the damage caused by Saturday’s tornado and urged travelers to stay away from the city.
“Emergency services want to focus on the families of Andover and not have to deal with people wanting to drive by to view the damage,” Moore said in a statement.