At least 4 people were injured following tornado activity in the Wichita, Kansas, area Friday night, officials said.
4 injured significant damage reported after tornado activity in Kansas
A tornado that hit parts of Kansas destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and buildings, injured several people, and left more than 15,000 without power, officials said Saturday.
In addition to the tornado’s own debris, three University of Oklahoma meteorological students were killed as they returned from a storm chase in Kansas in a crash Friday evening, according to officials.
Hurricane activity destroyed nearly 1,000 buildings between Sedgwick County, where at least one tornado first formed, and Butler County.
At a news conference early Saturday afternoon, authorities said they expect that number to increase as the official assessment of the damage is completed.
Four injuries were reported, most of them minor, Deputy Fire Chief Mike Roosevelt, who serves as the incident leader during the hurricane recovery and response, said at the press conference.
Nicholas Nair, 20, of Denton, Texas; Gavin Short, 19, of Grayslake, Illinois; Drake Brooks, 22, of Evansville, Indiana, died in the crash shortly before 11:30 p.m. Friday, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol report.