Greensburg, Kansas has been hit very hard tonight by a tornado. Greensburg is about 80 miles from where I live and famous for the world’s largest hand dug well, 109 feet deep and 32 feet in diameter, that served as the city’s water supply until 1932. You can walk 105 steps down to the bottom and it’s worth the trip.
What we hear at this point is that large parts of the town are simply gone, including everything on the west side of the main street. This includes a nice old drug store.
Houses, the hospital, the school, the grocery store, the Coastal Mart, the Pizza Hut – everything is gone. Patients are being taken to Pratt, where they have only 69 beds. They just reported they now have 50 patients from Greensburg – ranging in condition from good to critical.
Greg, Mia and I have watched storm coverage since about 9 p.m. and it’s almost 3 a.m. now, but we’re only getting to see photos and videos in the last few minutes. I’m sure there will be much more to show. It’s fascinating to watch as an observer, but you can’t stop thinking about how people’s lives have been dramatically changed in the blink of an eye.
In Hutchinson, where I live, we’ve just been having wind. It has been nice to have fresh air going through the house, but you hate the reason for it.
I took this photo in my downstairs sunporch of the curtain blowing in the breeze.
Unfortunately, they say conditions are right for more severe weather tomorrow, including a possible tornado.