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May 3rd 1999 Haysville Tornado


Around 7:15pm on May 3rd 1999 a tornado touched down 4 miles north of Wellington and tracked north for 24 miles, eventually producing F4 damage in Haysville. This violent tornado killed 6 individuals along with damaging 150 homes and 27 businesses.



Tornado tracks




Tornado pictures


These rare pictures of the Haysville tornado were taken by Perry Lambert. Because it occurred just after sunset, there are very few pictures of this tornado. Picture of the tornado from near the Wellington exit on I-35 by Jeff House.  





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 National Weather Service
 2142 S. Tyler Rd 67209
 Wichita KS

 Contact:  John Ogren
          (316) 945-3687   May 4, 1999

              NWS Rates the Wichita/Haysville Tornado F4

 The National Weather Service Damage assessment team has completed an aerial storm damage assessment of the Wichita/Haysville tornado.  The path was about 24 miles long beginning west of Riverdale and traveled northeast to just
south of Haysville and then went nearly straight north along Seneca to I-235.  From there the damage weakened significantly as the tornado went northeast to about Linwood Park.  Tree damage was also observed as far
north as the College Hill area where numerous trees were uprooted but structural damage was minimal.

This tornado caused F4 type damage in the Haysville and southern Wichita areas.  The definition of an F4 on the Fujita scale is one that has winds estimated 207-260 mph.  Well constructed houses are leveled; structures with weak foundations are blown some distance; cars are thrown and large missiles are generated.

The following is a time line of those event that occurred at the National Weather Service prior to the tornado.

5/3/99    1218 PM    Hazardous Weather Outlook issued stressing the threat of hail, wind and tornadoes.

5/3/99    721 PM    Tornado Watch #200 was issued for 35 Kansas Counties including South Central Kansas.

5/3/99    738 PM    Tornado Warning issued for Northern Sumner County

5/3/99    744 PM         Trained spotter reports a tornado near Mayfield in Sumner County

5/3/99    749 PM    Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Sedgwick County, specifically mentioning the threat of tornadoes as a possibility.

5/3/99    758 PM   Trained spotter reports a tornado 2 NW of Wellington

5/3/99    816 PM    Tornado Warning was issued for Southeast Sedgwick and re-issued Northern Sumner County.

5/3/99    830 PM    Trained spotters report a tornado near Peck along the Sedgwick/Sumner County line

5/3/99    843 PM    National Weather Service radar shows the tornado entering the southern part of Wichita.

5/3/99    848 PM    First reports of significant damage are received around Seneca and MacArthur.

5/3/99    920 PM    Tornado Warning expires.


Detailed webpage on the Oklahoma tornadoes on May 3rd 1999