A reported tornado ripped through the airport Friday evening, causing widespread destruction, according to local news sources. Much of the destruction centered on the airport’s Terminal C, which emerged with broken windows and twisted metal beams after the wicked weather sheared off the terminal’s roof.
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Five people were injured, with four taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Many suffered cuts after the terminal’s huge plate glass windows shattered in the severe winds. KPLR reports that some passengers saw winds lifting cars into the air, and news reports showed an airport shuttle teetering on a ledge atop the airport’s parking garage. KSDK estimates there were about 500 people in the airport when the severe weather rolled in.
The presence of a tornado remains unconfirmed but likely, according to Reuters. High winds and large hail played a major role in the devastation. According to the Kansas City Star, eight incoming flights were diverted across the state to the Kansas City International Airport as the storm continues its eastward trek.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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