(TWC) – Tornadoes hit the Kansas City area on Tuesday, injuring at least a dozen people and damaging homes. One destructive tornado struck near the community of Linwood, about 30 miles west of Kansas City. “Everything was absolutely crushed here,” said Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel, reporting from Linwood Wednesday morning. Up to 30 homes and a business were destroyed or damaged, Leavenworth County Undersheriff Jim Sherley said, adding that first responders had gone door to door

searching homes that dot the rural area. Trees and power lines were downed, while vehicles including big rigs were tossed like toys. Sherley told weather.com there were several injuries, both from the tornado and the cleanup, but he was not aware of any that were life-threatening. “The sirens started going off at about 6:25 p.m. and we’ve been dealing with it ever since,” Sherley said in a phone interview five hours after the tornado hit. “We have downed power lines, multiple downed trees,” he said. “It left a swath of damage across there.” READ MORE

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