(multimedia) A National Weather Service official said a “month’s worth” of tornados were spotted Sunday in Kansas. About 100 homes were damaged in a Wichita mobile home park, but no serious injuries or fatalities were reported.
“We knew well ahead of time that this was going to be ugly. People listened,” Sedgwick County Commissioner Tim Norton said.
One northwest Oklahoma town was not so fortunate. As a monster twister bore down, cloaked in darkness in Sunday’s early hours, Woodward’s 20 outdoor tornado sirens did not sound — they had been knocked out when lightning struck a tower used to activate the system.
Frank Hobbie and his daughters, aged 5 and 7 years, died when the tornado hit the mobile home park where they lived, as did Darren Juul and a 10-year-old girl at a home a few miles away.
State medical examiner’s office spokeswoman Amy Elliot said no other details were available but that a critically hurt child was airlifted to a Texas hospital.
Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said early Monday that a sixth person had died following the Woodward tornado, although she could not immediately provide details of the victim’s age or gender, nor of the circumstances of the death.
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