Friday marks 20 years since deadly Haysville tornado

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Picture of the tornado from near the Wellington exit on I-35 by Jeff House. (weather.gov) Picture of the tornado from near the Wellington exit on I-35 by Jeff House. (weather.gov)
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HAYSVILLE Kan. (KAKE) -

Severe storms are no stranger to the Midwest. On this day in 1999, an F-4 tornado ripped through the heart of Haysville. 

The tornado touched down about four miles north of Wellington and tracked north for 24 miles, according to the National Weather Service. The storm was so powerful that winds were estimated between 207 to 260 miles per hour. Debris was found as far north as the College Hill area in Wichita.

Overall, the tornado killed six people and damaged 150 homes and 27 businesses.

At the same time, a significant tornado outbreak swept the Oklahoma City-area. An F-5 twister touched down and was on the ground for nearly one hour, according to CNN. It followed along a 38-mile path from Chickasha through south Oklahoma City and the suburbs of Bridge Creek, Newcastle, Moore, Midwest City and Del City.

The outbreak reportedly caused nearly $1 billion in damage in parts of Oklahoma. The Weather Service names it among the costliest tornadoes in history.

Between the Kansas and Oklahoma storms, about 50 people were killed.