Kansas Tornadoes and Severe Storms (DR-1273)

Incident period: May 3, 1999 to May 6, 1999
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 4, 1999

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 6, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal, state and local officials are responding to the disasters in Oklahoma and Kansas. The following is the latest information on the situation: Oklahoma:
May 5, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- State officials report the death toll from Monday's deadly tornado outbreak now stands at 43. Thirty eight died in Oklahoma and five in Kansas. Neither state has confirmed reports of missing people.
May 4, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal disaster aid has been made available for Kansas to supplement the recovery needs of tornado-ravaged families and businesses in Sedgwick County, according to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA Director James Lee Witt said President Clinton authorized the assistance this afternoon immediately after reviewing the agency's analysis of the state's expedited request for federal relief. The President's major disaster declaration covers damage from severe storms and tornadoes that hit the state starting May 3.
May 4, 1999
News Release
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- President Clinton, today, declared Sedgwick County a federal disaster area for the second time in six months. On the evening of May 3, a fast moving storm system brought heavy rain, severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes to South-Central Kansas, devestating areas in and around Sedgwick County. After learning of the extent of the damage, James Lee Witt, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said, "Our hearts and our prayers go out the citizens of Kansas who have been struck by the second disaster in six months."

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