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Seven Die in Massive Kansas Tornado

1,600 residents were evacuated and they were ordered not to come back as emergency squads continued to comb the wreckage with tractors and dogs to see if any survivors remained.

Greensburg, Kansas
Greensburg, Kansas

(GREENSBURG, Kansas) - A massive tornado swept through Greensburg, Kansas, killing at least least seven people. The destruction resulted in the collapse of a hospital and wrecked up to 90 percent of a small town in southern Kansas, local and federal officials say.

In addition to the seven people killed, around 60 people were injured, and more than a dozen of those injuries were serious.

1,600 residents were evacuated and they were ordered not to come back as emergency squads continued to comb the wreckage with tractors and dogs to see if any survivors remained.

According to reports some 30 people were pulled from the rubble of Kiowa County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg as the storm ripped homes off their foundations and even damaged below-ground shelters.

The tornado that struck Greensburg late on Friday damaged about 90 percent of the town about 110 miles west of Wichita, City Administrator Steve Hewitt told reporters Saturday.

The US National Weather Center warned of more severe weather in the midwest region Saturday, that could bring more severe tornadoes into the large swath of Kansas and Nebraska to the north.

Some experts also suggest that there may have been more than one twister in the region late Friday night.

Another big problem for people in this devastated area is communications, which were severely disrupted by the damage, causing telephone "land lines" and cell phones to be unusable. Service is being reestablished at this time.

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Renee Benton, Flat Rock Michigan May 9, 2007 7:49 am (Pacific time)

I agree with God being angry with us and sometimes innocent christians are harmed in the path I don't think however that God just said okay I'm gonna destroy Greensburg Kansas today look at New Orleans and Katrina there were innocent people hurt/killed there anyways my heart and prayers go out to all of you I can't say I know how you feel cause I don't but I do pray for each and everyone of you daily Gods love and strength will see us through this.

middle aged woman May 6, 2007 7:36 pm (Pacific time)

How does a town go about rebuilding from the ground up? With help from God, family, friends and neighbors. One step at a time. The folks devestated by the tornados are not forgotten. Good luck and God Bless.

Audy May 6, 2007 5:33 pm (Pacific time)

My prayers are for the people of Greensburg. I have seen so many good and strong people there on tv. I am terribly sorry for your losses. I live in Illinois and have all my life and am proud to call it home. But when I see the quality people of Greensburg Kansas, I must say you all are a major part of what makes this country the best. God bless.

Dale May 6, 2007 2:55 pm (Pacific time)

Hambone, that was one of the most terrible things anyone could say. I grew up in Greensburg, Kansas and had a great childhood there. I was also a member of The 1st. Baptist church. There was a great amount of good, loving people that lived in this great little town and if I had my choice to still be living there, I would be. It is a shame that people like you have the thoughts like you do. Maybe if you had to go thru something this horrible you might become a better person.

Hambone May 6, 2007 8:51 am (Pacific time)

On the news I saw a Baptist church that was destroyed - how do the religious nutjobs justify that in their minds? Maybe God IS pissed off at our murderous, apathetic and arrogant nation.

Melanie May 6, 2007 1:49 am (Pacific time)

Our prayers are with everyone affected by this terrible tragedy. I heard there have been over 60 tornado touchdowns in the same area, and they're expecting more tonight. Think positive thoughts. It could be any one of us in those beautiful historic homes. SAD.

Anonymous May 5, 2007 11:09 pm (Pacific time)

you obviously don't know much about God or Kansas.

Anonymous May 5, 2007 7:25 pm (Pacific time)

I think that is a horrible thing to say there were alot of good people that lived there and innocent children. how could you possibly thing they deserved it

In God We Trust May 5, 2007 12:50 pm (Pacific time)

This horrible tornado is just God's way of punishing Kansas for all the nutbag Christians who live there and give Him a bad name...

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