Tornado warning prompts evacuation of Kansas City airport

May 27, 2016 02:59

May 26 - The Kansas City International Airport was evacuated briefly on Thursday over a tornado warning, airport officials said, a day after tornadoes destroyed or damaged nearly 30 homes in neighboring Kansas.

Airport staff evacuated the Missouri terminals and led travelers into tunnels to the parking garages after the National Weather Service (NWS) issued the tornado warning, airport spokesman Joe McBride said.

The incident lasted around 20 minutes, before the all clear was given and people were led back into the terminals at the airport, he said. McBride did not report any damage to the airport or surrounding area.

Intense storms were forecasted across the region for Thursday and Friday, the NWS said, with large hail and damaging winds potential primary hazards.

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