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Tornadoes strafe Kansas City area causing some injuries JOHN HANNA•Joe Armison looks over damage to his home after a tornado struck the outskirts of Eudora, Kan., Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Tornadoes strafed the Kansas City metropolitan area on Tuesday, leaving at least 11 people injured, damaging homes and scattering debris at the airport.The entire Kansas City area was under a tornado warning at some point Tuesday evening, with a tornado reported in Lawrence, Kansas, and the storms moving east over the heart of the metropolitan area of 2.1 million people that straddles the Kansas and Missouri border.At least 11 injuries have been reported in Douglas County, Kansas, after the county west of Kansas City was hit with a large destructive tornado.The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Douglas County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Jenn Hethcoat said six people had been taken to the Lawrence hospital with injuries suffered during the storm, including one with serious injuries, and five more people were headed to the hospital.Police said most of the damage in the county appeared to be outside the Lawrence city limits, but there were damaged trees, power lines and other debris on the southeastern edge of the city, and some roads were impassable. Lawrence is the home to the University of Kansas.The sheriff’s office said that „several houses throughout the county” had sustained damage.The Kansas City International Airport temporarily suspended flights and moved people from the terminals to parking garage tunnels for shelter because of storms passing through the area including tornadoes.Passengers were in parking garages for about an hour before being allowed to return to the terminals.But the storm left so much debris on the airfield that flights were delayed, the airport’s Twitter account said. It wasn’t immediately clear when flights would resume. Phone and email messages left with airport spokesman Joe McBride were not immediately returned.The storms were part of a massive severe weather system in the central United States that produced at least eight tornadoes a day for 11 straight days, which ties a record.
In 2017, the same reporters published a story about how former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had pushed for funding for the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which investigated unexplained aerial sightings. The program ran from 2007 to 2012.“I’m not embarrassed or ashamed or sorry I got this thing going,” said Reid in a 2017 N.Y. Times interview. “I think it’s one of the good things I did in my congressional service. I’ve done something that no one has done before.”That story coincided with the publication of a Pentagon video showing a 2004 incident in which two Navy pilots investigated an unidentified object off the coast of San Diego, Calif. Cmdr. David Fravor, one of the pilots involved, told the N.Y. Times that he has no idea what he saw but that “it had no plumes, wings or rotors and outran our F-18s.”The Air Force’s Project Blue Book, a classified program set up in 1952, counted over 12,000 UFO sightings over its 17-year existence, with hundreds still unexplained. A 2006 report of a disk hovering over O’Hare Airport in Chicago was dismissed by the Federal Aviation Administration as a weather anomaly. The 1947 crash of a high-altitude balloon in Roswell, N.M., inspired generations of conspiracy theories about flying saucers. The unmanned craft was part of a top-secret program to monitor Soviet weapons tests.Experts say there are plenty of explanations for what the pilots are seeing that don’t necessarily mean extraterrestrials are cruising around earth, including atmospheric phenomena and classified military programs from the U.S. or other countries. Although President Trump has shown interest in expanding the military’s presence outside the atmosphere via a Space Force, supporters of the initiative say it is about protecting American satellites, not recreating “Star Wars”-type battles with enemy invaders.