Storms pass through Four States; 2 reportedly dead in Quapaw

KOAM – April 27, 2014

A home in the middle of the street in Baxter Springs. Click on photo to view full-size image.

A home in the middle of the street in Baxter Springs. Click on photo to view full-size image.

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Updated at 6:50 PM CST:  CBS affiliate KOTV in Tulsa is reporting two dead in Quapaw, Oklahoma.Posted at 6:42 PM CST:  Officials report damage in and around Quapaw, Oklahoma, as well as Baxter Springs, Fort Scott and Galena, Kansas.  The extent is not known at this time.  Paramedics have been dispatched to aid but there are no known injuries at this time.  KOAM staffers are in the field and working to confirm information with officials.From Joplin Globe:A tornado also has caused “significant” damage in Baxter Springs, Kan., according to Gary Allen, a former Baxter Springs council member who also worked for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department.He said the tornado came into the city from the southwest and cut diagonally through the community.

“There is significant damage to a lot of houses,” he said.

From AP Wire:

Officials in the southeast Kansas town of Baxter Springs say several people have been injured by a tornado that also caused extensive property damage.

Cherokee County sheriff’s dispatcher Josh Harvey says no deaths have been reported. First responders from multiple agencies were going to house to house assessing damage and looking for those injured by the tornado that struck shortly after 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Baxter Springs has about 4,200 residents. It’s located six miles north of Quapaw, Okla., where a tornado struck around the same time. Two deaths were reported there.

Authorities were turning people away from Baxter Springs during the search-and-rescue operation.

Numerous funnel clouds and at least two tornadoes were spotted in southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri on Sunday.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster



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