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Well there were also several reports of tornadoes in Kansas including several confirmed touchdowns this twist certain just outside Wichita.
We're told some homes were damaged but thankfully.
No reports of serious injuries and joining us now on the phone for the latest.
Is Sharon Watson the public information officer for Kansas emergency management thank you for joining us.
-- is also still no injuries or fatalities.
That's correct very good is correct hands they're going to be that we you appear to have wiped out and that -- although there are built some.
People who are waking up this morning because I had damage downed tree lined power the events of a few people and -- state you had their homes that severely damaged.
Agony and the city as well as Wichita area is a million quarry area -- -- I don't know if -- question.
Yeah one of the reasons people are citing for the lack of injuries or fatalities is at the early warning in fact the National Weather Service.
Put out this tweet to the folks in your area and all of the affected areas and it it's it's not subtle it says quote.
You could be killed if not underground or in a tornado shelter.
Complete destruction of neighborhoods businesses and vehicles.
Will occur flying debris will be deadly to people and animals I understand Sharon that.
They went to this -- heavy handed type of warning because of the 158 people killed.
Two years ago in Joplin Missouri they said people just.
Didn't get the message the first time around so they wanted to be very clear so do you think that that early warning really helped.
Yes and I think you know there there's there's still a lot of people's -- -- to to be exactly the effect that it that we definitely.
Notice that change yeah Edinburgh investment community and certainly the public hasn't been a warning about the media didn't make people think that it's.
Something could be taken very seriously not I think -- just.
You wouldn't come up with this record is -- what they might have done with the past forty system.
-- you -- downed power lines and downed trees what is the number at this point.
Of folks without power.
I would well it was there -- several thousand overnight that number kept climbing it happened improve this morning those numbers are constantly you know we know that Wichita area have been at a significant number.
Out they were up to about 0111001.
And then also in the Kansas City metro area they were being the number out of power outage -- probable.
More on the history I didn't think I'd.
We're looking at just some incredible video right now -- -- you yourself.
Were you in the midst of all of this what did you experience.
I would clinic at -- in the Tampa area -- -- -- is doing -- primarily just heavy rains a lot better.
The group with strong -- -- -- -- -- the -- tree damage fortieth I was leaving my neighborhood.
But in addition to via tornadoes as we've been mentioning you mentioned the heavy winds also apparently some very large hail.
Falling in the most affected areas and -- some of the damage is near the which -- airports and obviously as you mentioned to rural areas.
Any estimate or is it too early of the financial hit.
Taken by this storm.
It really is stay -- that but certainly dealt with the -- would -- -- hail that was reported adding you know in the Wichita area and even to don't let.
With a larger hailed what what you are received we expect in a significant amount of insurance claims coming in over the next several days of people you know have damaged cars and damaged damaged home.
-- assumed most folks in back our Kansas area that was hit by this tornado.
Have shelters specifically for that purpose.
It really varies from community to communities some people have -- some people down some people I haven't felt -- storm shelter.
I'm -- there are people who don't that we really encouraged that you find the place within their home interior part out that they can't.
And he invited out.
All right Sharon Watson Kansas emergency management thank you so much for joining us and best of luck today.
Thank you just scary stuff credible --
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