Severe weather developed throughout the Great Plains on Sunday, producing baseball size hail and long-lived tornadoes.
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GOES satellite images of supercell thunderstorms across the Midwest Sunday. (Photo: National Weather Service)
A tornado and strong winds have hit Wichita, causing roof damage and downing power lines.
Kansas Division of Emergency Management spokeswoman Sharon Watson says the damage is reported near Wichita Mid-Continent Airport and in nearby rural areas. That's where a tornado touched down around 4 p.m. CDT Sunday.
There are no reports of injuries or fatalities.
Westar is reporting that about 7,500 customers are without power in Sedgwick County.
Weather service meteorologists say the twister touched down on the southwest side of the city near Wichita Mid-Continent Airport shortly before 4 p.m. CDT on Sunday and was moving northeast at 30 mph. It was wrapped in rain, and it wasn't clear how long it was on the ground.
The National Weather Service described the tornado as "large, violent and extremely dangerous."
Radar imagery of a large tornado moving through the suburbs of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
A tornado kicked up debris in an Oklahoma City suburb and threatened a number of tourist attractions on historic Route 66 but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.
Television footage Sunday showed a tornado at Edmond, on the northern edge of Oklahoma City. The storm weakened and moved east and threatened a novelty soda-pop store and a historic barn in the small town of Arcadia.
The sheriff from Lincoln County, Oklahoma states that they are aware of damage related to three tornadoes that touched down, however it is not known how extensive the damage is at this time. Information about injuries is also not available.
In Edmond, public information officer jenny Monroe says that first responders are on the scene. Only one confirmed tornado has touched down, and no injuries are reported at this time. Tree and some structural damage has been observed.
A different tornado developed southeast of Oklahoma City near Shawnee, Okla. Doppler radar continued to indicate a tornado moving northeast at 35 mph. Storm spotters confirmed seeing a large, multi-vortex tornado lofting debris into the air.
The Storm Prediction Center had forecast a moderate risk of severe weather in Oklahoma and adjacent portions of Kansas and Missouri. Another tornado was reported near Wichita, Kan.
A tornado watch was posted until 11 p.m. Sunday for much of the state.
TV video also showed power flashes from transformers blowing out as they were hit by high winds or debris. Social media was all abuzz with reports of severe weather throughout the Great Plains.