A damage assessment by the National Weather Service yielded a large band of destruction caused by winds of between 80 and 100 miles an hour.
That core of the strongest winds stretches from the Reno/Harvey county line southeast through northern Butler County to the Labette/Cherokee county line. Winds of 60 to 70 miles an hour were reported in a broad band around the most intense core.
That outer band includes Wichita and essentially the northeast half of Sedgwick County. But Wichita escaped significant damage from the strong winds, Sedgwick County Emergency Management director Randy Duncan said.
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