Strong Winds Batter Kansas

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People in Wichita are bundled up as the windy, cooler weather rolled in to the state Friday. It was all part of a deadly weather system of storms that rocked the Midwest.

"The whole roof is gone off the living room, kitchen and the bedroom. We are both okay physically, we just lost about everything," exclaims one storm survivor.

"I looked out my window here and I saw a black cloud," said another.

A string of violent storms left homes from Texas to Arkansas in pieces as tornadoes swept through several states Thursday night. At least 7 people were killed, including a 15 year old Arkansas girl who died when a tree hit her bedroom. In a nearby mobile home, a father and son were killed.

"As soon as it hit down, the tree, you could hear the kids scream and they called the fire department," said a storm survivor.

"It picked this truck up right here and threw it clear over there, wadded it up," said another storm victim.

Storms left destruction in Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Kansas as well, including Greenwood county.

"It was just storming, I guess. We were listening to the radio but thought it was further south near Eureka," said a Greenwood county resident.

In Douglas county, straight-line winds left nearly 9,000 without power and toppled trees and buildings.

"I heard this noise that sounded like a jet engine in the back yard and then I heard the tree trunk snapping," said one resident.

In a Kansas City, Missouri suburb homes and businesses were leveled, cars overturned, even rail cars tossed.

"I started running with the roof falling behind me, downstairs and I just stayed downstairs," said one storm victim.

But it wasn't just severe weather causing problems. Parts of Northern Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota had to break out the snow shovels.

While no serious injuries were reported in the Kansas or Missouri Storms, more than 40,000 people were left without power.


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