UPDATE: EF-1 Tornado Tears Through Southwestern Sedgwick County

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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May 20, 2013

An EF-1 tornado tore through southwestern Sedgwick county near Clearwater Sunday afternoon causing heavy damage and knocking out power for thousands of people. An EF-1 tornado can carry winds estimated at 86 to 110 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service said the tornado touched down five miles north of Clearwater and traveled northeast for 4 1/2 miles.

Three homes in the 5000 block of 119th were heavily damaged including Chuck Walton's home.

"We sustained quite a bit of damage. Mainly just the trees and out buildings and a little bit of roof damage to the house,” Walton said.

Walton says his car port was destroyed and the car parked in it was damaged. But he says his trees took the biggest hit.

"It didn't take long to do a whole lot of damage. We got some 100 year old trees that are laying on their sides,” Sheriff Jeff Easter said.

Sheriff's deputies have closed off most of the roads in the area because of all the downed power lines.

"Everything between 135th and Tyler is shut down between 55th and 47th,” Sheriff Easter said.

Sheriff Easter says the roads will be closed all night and into Monday morning until crews can clear the power lines off the roads.

Chuck Walton tells us he and his neighbors will be hard at work too trying to clean up and repair the damage to their homes.

"We're just going to work until dark makes us stop and then we'll hit it again tomorrow,” Walton said.

Again all the roads between 135th and Tyler are shut down between 55th and 47th. The roads will still be closed Monday morning so it could affect your morning commute.

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