Kansas City Airport (KCI) Closed

Kansas City Airport (KCI) Closed: Due Unsafe Condition from Area Storm Debris

Kansas City Airport (KCI) Closed

Kansas City Airport (KCI) Closed

The KCI Airfield and airport are still closed to aircraft due to unsafe conditions from area storm debris.

According to the Kansas City International Airport Twitter account, crews are working to clear one 2-mile, 150-feet wide runway, taxiways, and aprons.

The airport is still closed because small pieces of debris can damage airplanes.

The airport estimates a reopening of after 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

A Tornado Struck the Town of Linwood, Kansas & Briefly Imperiled Kansas City

A large and destructive tornado struck Linwood, Kansas, causing extensive damage. At least a dozen homes were destroyed in Linwood, ABC News reported.

However, journalist Ariel Rothfield of KHSB-TV reported that first responders told her there were no fatalities and only minor injuries. KMBC-TV reported that a large “rain-wrapped tornado” ripped through Linwood.

News reporters went live from the scene, which is located near Lawrence, Kansas. Lawrence is located in Douglas County. Douglas County officials told the Kansas City Star that at least 11 people were injured in Lawrence from the twister. In Linwood, wrote the Star, “houses were damaged and destroyed for a mile in any direction.” Bonner Springs, another community in Kansas, also suffered damage, according to ABC News.

The Kansas Red Cross wrote on Twitter, “The American Red Cross is opening a shelter in Lawrence, Kansas, following a tornado that touched down this evening. The shelter is located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Building 21 (2120 Harper Street, Lawrence, KS 66046).” LMH Health in Lawrence wrote, “LMH Health has activated its emergency incident command center and is receiving patients with injuries. Great staff response. Our thoughts are with those impacted, including some of our LMH Health family. Everybody stay safe!”

Linwood, population only about 375, is positioned about 45 minutes from Kansas City, and, for a brief period of time, Kansas City metro was also threatened by the twister. However, that threat passed.

“Just got a text from a friend in Linwood saying their ‘house is gone,’” wrote one Twitter user. You can see updated radar for the Kansas City area here.

Earlier in the evening, there were tornado warnings in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York City. It was a week of destructive tornadoes as twisters hit Jefferson City, Missouri, the Dayton, Ohio area, and El Reno, Oklahoma.

According to NBC New York, the storm that briefly imperiled New York City is the same system that created the tornadoes that devastated parts of the Midwest. There were 52 tornadoes Monday in eight states, NBC New York reported.

“So much damage out there. We pray for you Linwood and for anyone affected tonight. If you are out helping please stay safe and we hope we continue to hear it is only homes or cars damaged,” BHLS Athletics wrote on Twitter.