At least 11 injured by storm west of Kansas City
The Latest on tornadoes in the Midwest and Plains states (all times local):
The Kansas City International Airport has temporarily suspended flights and moved people from the terminals to parking garage tunnels for shelter because of storms passing through the area including tornadoes.
Passengers were in parking garages for about an hour before being allowed to return to the terminals.
But the storm left so much debris on the airfield that flights remained delayed, the airport's Twitter account said. It wasn't immediately clear when flights would resume. Phone and email messages left with airport spokesman Joe McBride were not immediately returned.
At least 11 injuries have been reported in Douglas County, Kansas, after the county west of Kansas City was hit with a large destructive tornado.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Douglas County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jenn Hethcoat said six people had been taken to the Lawrence hospital with injuries suffered during the storm, including one with serious injuries, and five more people were headed to the hospital.
Police said most of the damage in the county appeared to be outside the Lawrence city limits, but there were damaged trees, power lines and other debris on the southeastern edge of the city, and some roads were impassable.
The sheriff's office said that "several houses throughout the county" had sustained damage.
The newspaper said the tornado was confirmed near Lone Star Lake, southwest of Lawrence, around 6:10 p.m., and moved to the north and east, according to social media posts from the Lawrence Police Department.
A tornado has damaged homes in a tiny town in eastern Kansas.
A twister described by the National Weather Service as large and potentially dangerous touched down just before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the tiny town of Pleasant Grove, a township of about 100 people 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Kansas City, Missouri.
There were no immediate reports of injuries but some homes suffered significant damage.
The tornado was part of another dangerous wave of storms crossing the Plains and Midwest. Kansas City and its suburbs were under a tornado warning Tuesday evening.
Heavy rain was falling on already-saturated soil, creating renewed concerns about flooding, including flash flooding.
We are moving airport customers into the parking garage tunnels to shelter in place due to severe weather in the area. 7:02pm— Kansas City International Airport (@KCIAirport) May 29, 2019
We could sure use your help, DG Co folks. We have several houses throughout the county that have sustained damage & debris is scattered. Please help us help those who need it by staying away from these areas. We know you want to see what happened, but help us help others first.— Douglas Co. Sheriff (@DGSOSheriff) May 29, 2019
Most structural damage appears to have occurred near Lawrence as the tornado passed just outside the city limits. We are not finding major structural damage within city limits. HOWEVER...— Lawrence Police (@LawrenceKS_PD) May 29, 2019
Large trees, power lines, and debris are along roads on the southeastern edge of the city. Some are impassable. Please do not go sight seeing tornado damage. This only hampers the efforts of emergency workers.— Lawrence Police (@LawrenceKS_PD) May 29, 2019