9 Die as Tornadoes Tear Apart Kansas Town (NYT/AP)
NYT May 5, 2007 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
GREENSBURG, Kan. (AP) -- Tornadoes killed at least nine people and leveled most of this southwest Kansas town, a state official said Saturday. Rescuers with dogs searched door to door for survivors.
The dead include six in Kiowa County, where Greensburg is located, and one in nearby Stafford County, said Sharon Watson, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Adjutant General's Department.
The tornado that struck Greensburg late Friday damaged about 90 percent of the town about 110 miles west of Wichita, City Administrator Steve Hewitt said Saturday.
Dazed residents walked the streets, looking for loved ones and taking in the sight of crumbled buildings and smashed cars in the town of some 1,600 people.
Much of downtown was destroyed, along with City Hall, the high school and the junior high school, Hewitt said.
''I don't think we have a business left downtown,'' he said. A mandatory evacuation was ordered, he said.
Emergency personnel and search and rescue teams raced to Greensburg ... full text