Weekend Storms Damage Wichita Manufacturers

Companies in aviation capital work to return production to full capacity.

Tornado

Tornado

** A NASA satellite image captures the storm
system as it sweeps through the Great Plains.**

A handful of Wichita manufacturers are assessing the damage caused by severe storms that swept through the Great Plains region over the weekend.

While no injuries have been attributed to the bad weather outbreak, Spirit AeroSystems, which builds fuselages for Boeing, sustained damage in multiple buildings after a tornado moved through its facilities on Saturday. The company reports that no aircraft parts were damaged, but says it expects temporary delays as employees work to return production at the plant to full capacity.

Hawker Beechcraft's facilities also suffered limited damage during the storm, but the company reports the isolated areas affected by the tornado will not affect overall production.

The storm system — which National Weather Service analysts say brought on more tornadoes in Kansas in a single day than the state generally sees during the entire month of April — left approximately 11,000 people near Wichita without power and caused what experts say could be $238 million worth of damage in the aviation capital alone.