Find out where the tornado was in Kansas today and learn about the damage it caused.
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On May 28, 2019, a destructive and deadly tornado touched down in Linwood, Kansas. The tornado caused significant damage to homes and businesses, and tragically took the lives of at least 12 people.
The Kansas Tornado
The tornado that hit Kansas today was in Wichita. The tornado was an EF3 and it hit around 5:00 PM. There are no reports of any injuries or fatalities. The tornado caused damage to several buildings, but the extent of the damage is not yet known.
The Aftermath of the Tornado
The National Weather Service has released preliminary findings on the tornado that struck Kansas yesterday. Here is what we know so far.
The tornado touched down at 4:00pm CDT near the town of Greensburg, Kansas. It was on the ground for approximately 90 minutes and reached a maximum width of 2.6 miles. The tornado had an estimated peak wind speed of 205 mph and caused extensive damage to the town of Greensburg.
At this time, there have been 12 confirmed fatalities and over 100 people injured. The majority of the damage was done to homes and businesses, with many of them being completely destroyed. The local hospital was also heavily damaged, leading to patients being evacuated to other facilities.
The Salvation Army is currently on the ground in Greensburg providing assistance to those affected by the tornado. If you would like to help, you can donate online or text “GIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
The Future of Tornado Safety
Many people living in tornado alley have a love-hate relationship with these storms. On one hand, they can be awe-inspiring and even beautiful to behold. On the other hand, they can be deadly and destructive, leaving behind a path of devastation.
each year, an average of 1,253 tornadoes are reported across the United States, according to NOAA. Of these, 85 percent are considered “weak,” packing winds of less than 110 mph. Just under 10 percent are considered “strong” with winds between 111 and 165 mph. Less than 2 percent are classified as “violent,” carrying winds in excess of 166 mph.
While most tornadoes occur in the central U.S., they can happen anywhere in the country. In fact, every state in the Union has experienced at least one tornado in recorded history with the exception of Hawaii. Alaska sees an average of two tornadoes per year, according to NOAA figures.
As population densities increase across the country and more people build homes and businesses in areas prone to severe weather, it’s important that we continue to research and develop new ways to keep people safe from tornadoes. One such way is through the use of tornado shelters.
Tornado shelters come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but all are designed to provide a safe space for people to take shelter during a storm. Some common types of shelters include underground storm cellars, above-ground TornadoSafe rooms, and reinforced concrete structures designed specifically for tornadic activity.
While tornado shelters can provide a measure of safety during these storms, it’s important to remember that they are not foolproof. Tornado shelters should only be used as a last resort when all other options for escape have been exhausted. If you find yourself in a situation where you must take shelter from a tornado, remember to:
-Get into the lowest level of the building possible; avoid windows if possible
-Get into a small room such as a closet or bathroom; curl up into a tight ball on the floor away from any exterior walls or windows