Vicious tornadoes sweep through Kansas, Pennsylvania as powerful storms hit New Jersey

Vicious tornadoes sweep through Kansas, Pennsylvania as powerful storms hit New Jersey

The US continues to be hammered by severe weather on Tuesday, May 28, evening as several life-threatening tornadoes were reported across the state of Kansas. A massive tornado was seen touching down on the western edge of Kansas City close to the Kansas Speedway and the well-known Legends shopping and dining area. The Kansas City International Airport was evacuated and all the passengers were moved into the parking tunnels for their safety as a dangerous tornado warning was issued for the area.

Powerful storms swept through northern New Jersey, downing trees and causing widespread power outages. Police in Sussex County Tuesday night were investigating reports that a “possible tornado” damaged Lenape Valley Regional High School in Stanhope. The school has sent out an alert saying that school would be closed on Wednesday. 

The Weather Channel reported that the warning was lifted at 7:40 p.m. CDT with no immediate reports of damage. A tornado had hit the community of Linwood, Kansas, which is to the east of Lawrence, as the storm moved to threatening Kansas City.

Residents remove belongings from their damaged homes at the River's Edge apartment complex, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio, the day after a tornado struck the city (Source: AP Photo/John Minchillo)

There were a few tornado warnings and reports of active tornadoes in the Lawrence area. Several buildings were damaged in Pleasant Grove and other areas to the south of Lawrence. The Lawrence Police Department also reported an overwhelming number of 911 calls as the storm was spotted moving through. 

The National Weather Service says a tornado has been confirmed in eastern Pennsylvania where homes have been damaged but there were no immediate reports of injuries. Meteorologist Jonathan O'Brien says a damage assessment team will be sent to the area Wednesday to determine the strength of the twister that struck Tuesday.

O'Brien says Berks County emergency officials reported structural damage to about 20 properties, some of it significant. Emergency dispatchers in Berks and Chester counties earlier cited roof damage and some partial collapses in Caernarvon Township, which includes Morgantown.


The Northridge Shopping Center on N. Dixie Highway in Dayton, Ohio lies in shambles after a tornado struck Tuesday, May 28, 2019 (Source: Doral Chenoweth III/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning for parts of New York City and northern New Jersey until 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, but the tornado warning for Staten Island has since expired, although severe thunderstorm warnings remain in effect for the metro area. City officials advised people to immediately take shelter on lower floors and to stay away from windows.

With AP inputs.

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