Update 11 pm:
Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple tweeted that roughly “50-100 structures” were damaged from the tornado.
In a phone interview, he said that includes possible structures destroyed around Wichita, but mostly around Andover. He said that estimate is based on the city’s communication with Andover officials.
He said no injuries have been reported as of around 11 pm
A shelter has been set up at St. Vincent Catholic Church, 123 N. Andover, in Andover to help people affected by the tornado.
Update 10 pm:
The Andover YMCA had considerable damage after the tornado pushed through the area Friday night. Part of the YMCA building collapsed and several vehicles were thrown up against the building.
The Greater Wichita YMCA issued the following statement on Facebook: “The Andover YMCA suffered significant damage as a result of the storm that hit the Andover area this evening. We are thankful that all of the staff and members who took shelter at the branch at the time of the storm, were not injured. The branch will be closed until further notice. We will keep everyone updated as details become available.”
In a Facebook post, Andover police asked people to avoid coming to town.
“We are uncertain about the extent of the damage, emergency crews are responding,” the post says.
Update 9:40 pm:
At least a dozen homes have been destroyed in a housing development just southwest of the Andover YMCA.
The Andover YMCA also had considerable damage after the tornado pushed through the area Friday night. Part of the YMCA building collapsed and several vehicles were thrown up against the building.
Eagle photographer Travis Heying reported seeing a car laying on top of where a house was destroyed southwest of the YMCA. He said there was heavy damage to homes along Minneha and Hedgewood in the housing development.
Rain was pouring down around 9:40 pm, he said, and firefighters were going house to house. The tornado moved through that area after 8 pm
Update 9:15 pm:
Parts of Andover took a hit from the tornado, especially the Andover YMCA and a housing development just to the southwest of it.
A Wichita Eagle photographer said that homes were partially destroyed in the neighborhood, and roofs were missing from homes. Ambulances were everywhere.
The Andover YMCA just south of Highway 54 showed major damage. The Eagle photographer saw crushed cars pushed up against its south entrance and police officers searching the area with flashlights in complete darkness. Power was out to the area.
Drone footage of the Andover tornado shows the strong winds rip through homes as it moved through the area.
A tornado in Butler County was captured on video Friday night.
Severe weather moved in across the Wichita area on Friday, bringing hail, strong winds and a tornado picked up on video by Brenton Swart. He was in a rural area of Butler County, just southeast of Andover. The video shows the tornado touching down and moving just after 8 pm Swart also reported seeing at least one downed power line in the area.
KSN said they had had reports of damage, from what appears to be that same tornado, in the nearby Andover area. The tornado and weather system was moving northeast, KSN reported.
Around 8:50 pm, KSN reported a tornado near El Dorado, which is northeast of Andover.
This story was originally published April 29, 2022 9:06 PM.