Wichita Officials: Tornado Caused Millions In Damages

By: AP Posted by Josh Mabry
By: AP Posted by Josh Mabry

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Sedgwick County officials say damages could
be as high as $283 million after a tornado hit the southeast part
of Wichita.

The storm that struck late Saturday night caused damage to a
mobile home park and McConnell Air Force Base. A Boeing Co.
spokesman says the Wichita plant took a ``direct hit.'' Emergency
management officials said that at nearby Spirit AeroSystems, most
buildings were damaged. Flash flooding and fires also were
reported.

Sedgwick County was one about a dozen counties where homes were damaged or destroyed from a powerful storm system that generated numerous tornadoes.

Kansas Emergency Management spokeswoman Sharon Watson said that in Rice County, inmates had to be transferred after the jail was damaged. And downed power lines closed roads and highways in several central and western counties.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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