Andover Tornado - April 29th, 2022
Here's a look at the tornado that struck Andover this evening. https://t.co/pZoaLMwPpa #storm12 #kwch12 #kswx pic.twitter.com/T6cMB0UgAF— KWCH Eyewitness News (@KWCH12) April 30, 2022
Just days after the anniversary of the 1991 tornado outbreak, Andover found itself under the gun with an enhanced risk severe weather outlook (3 out of 5 on SPC’s scale) in general
Additionally, Andover found themselves with a 10% tornado risk, with the additional threat that tornadoes that formed would be strong (EF2 and larger).
Elsewhere, the threat level was as high as 4 out of 5 on the risk scale.
severe weather set up
severe weather outlook the day before and day of
The day before at 1:02 am, the Storm Prediction Center placed Andover in a 10% tornado threat area with a black hatched area which indicates the additional threat that tornadoes will be strong (EF2 and greater).
The morning of the tornado, at 12:49am, the SPC continued this risk for Andover and other areas.
As of the outlook issued at 11:19am, the SPC increased the tornado threat area north of Andover to 15%. Below is the 11:19 tornado outlook image:
tornado watch #158 - 3:35pm
At 3:35pm, the Storm Prediction Center issued tornado watch #158, including the following line:
A few tornadoes and a couple intense tornadoes likely
Though the tornado watch was not labeled a “particularly dangerous situation”, the tornado probabilities were still quite high:
PROB OF 2 OR MORE TORNADOES : 70% PROB OF 1 OR MORE STRONG /EF2-EF5/ TORNADOES : 60%
Complete text of tornado watch #158:
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED Tornado Watch Number 158 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 335 PM CDT Fri Apr 29 2022 The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Tornado Watch for portions of Eastern Kansas Southeast Nebraska * Effective this Friday afternoon and evening from 335 PM until 1100 PM CDT. * Primary threats include... A few tornadoes and a couple intense tornadoes likely Widespread large hail and isolated very large hail events to 3 inches in diameter likely Widespread damaging wind gusts to 70 mph likely SUMMARY...Isolated but intense supercell thunderstorms may develop this afternoon and evening across the watch area. Any storm that forms and persists will pose a risk of very large hail, damaging winds, and strong tornadoes. The tornado watch area is approximately along and 70 statute miles east and west of a line from 30 miles north northwest of Beatrice NE to 70 miles southeast of Wichita KS. For a complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU8). PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... REMEMBER...A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings.
NWS Wichita Severe Weather Briefing - 4:19pm
In the 4:19 pm weather briefing, the National Weather Service office in Wichita, KS included this threat:
However, any storm that forms will have potential to produce very large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes, some of which could be strong (EF2+).
Tornado Warning #2 from NWS Wichita - 8:10 pm
At 8:10pm the NWS forecast office in Wichita issues its second tornado warning of the year: a tornado warning for Sedgwick (Wichita) and Butler (Andover) counties:
405 WFUS53 KICT 300110 TORICT KSC015-173-300200- /O.NEW.KICT.TO.W.0002.220430T0110Z-220430T0200Z/ BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED Tornado Warning National Weather Service Wichita KS 810 PM CDT Fri Apr 29 2022 The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a * Tornado Warning for... East central Sedgwick County in south central Kansas... Western Butler County in south central Kansas... * Until 900 PM CDT. * At 810 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Andover, moving northeast at 20 mph. HAZARD...Tornado and half dollar size hail. SOURCE...Radar indicated rotation. IMPACT...Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely. * This dangerous storm will be near... Andover around 825 PM CDT. Augusta and Benton around 840 PM CDT. Towanda around 855 PM CDT. El Dorado around 900 PM CDT. Other locations impacted by this tornadic thunderstorm include El Dorado Airport, Santa Fe Lake and Augusta Municipal Airport. This includes Interstate 35 between Mile Markers 47 and 74. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. && LAT...LON 3753 9715 3767 9730 3796 9694 3772 9673 TIME...MOT...LOC 0110Z 232DEG 19KT 3763 9718 TORNADO...RADAR INDICATED MAX HAIL SIZE...1.25 IN $$ KETCHAM
At 8:13pm, the tornado warning was upgraded to confirmed/observed status:
At 813 PM CDT, a confirmed tornado was located near Andover, moving northeast at 20 mph.
Reed Timmer footage
More extreme close-range footage of destructive #tornado going through Andover Ks. Had bird in the air, attempted to deploy pressure and tornado was on top of me. Went from 10 to 300 mph in seconds pic.twitter.com/Faxnz3vaX8— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) April 30, 2022
Approximate location of the start of this shot:
the YMCA in Andover that took damage
The Andover YMCA has a lot of damage. I sent a note to @ymcawichita to see if they have anything they can tell us. We have crews gathering info & will have details on @KAKENews tonight & Good Morning Kansas at 6 & 8 a.m. Saturday. I hope nobody was hurt.#KAKENews #kswx pic.twitter.com/oGDnBKkKL5— Annette Lawless KAKE 🌻 (@AnnetteLawless) April 30, 2022
#KSWX #BREAKING ***EXPLICIT LANGUAGE WARNING***: A viewer shared this video with us capturing the aftermath of damage at the Andover YMCA. #KAKENews pic.twitter.com/tOPE0yB6K3— Johnathon Hayes KAKE (@JohnHayesNews) April 30, 2022
storm report map for April 29th, 2022
- NWS Wichita - the local weather forecast office responsible for Andover’s area and the office that will be carrying out the tornado damage assessment that will determine the Fujita rating for this tornado
Several twitter accounts from local TV stations have been posting footage and imagery from the damage:
General severe weather info: