Haysville residents remember ’99 tornado, prepare for severe weather season


It has been a beautiful weekend for weather, but storms are just over the horizon. 

KSN talked to residents who are preparing for the possible conditions in an area that has seen its fair share of severe weather.

The Haysville residents KSN talked to remember the tornado of 1999, and the damages the city experienced because of it.

They say they’ve started to prepare for what this season might bring.

It’s the time of year some residents in this Haysville neighborhood remember well.

Especially when thinking back to 1999.

“I went over, and I was looking at the door and all of a sudden it got real black, and you could see everything in the air,” said Roy Jolivet, Haysville.

“I thought we’d be a goner, I really did,” said Elizabeth Johnson, Haysville.

“That house over there, it took the whole back half of it off,” said Ann Woods, Haysville.

They were all living on Turkle Avenue in 1999, when a tornado traveled up the railroad tracks. The extreme weather event is one they say they will never forget.

Ann Woods says the tornado damaged her home and pushed a tree across her yard.

“It started over there and just came right across the yard,” said Woods.

“There’s our house, there’s our house right there,” said Johnson.

Elizabeth Johnson and her husband documented the tornado damages from ’99.
She still remembers how she felt as it came and went.

“I was sitting on the couch and I felt the pressure just pushing me back, holding me on the couch and he was in the bedroom, and hollered and told me to hit the floor, I said what’s the use it’s already here,” said Johnson.

The assistant public works director at the time also remembers it well. He says he welcomed people needing a safe place to go.

“I tell them all come on over we got a basement we’re ready,” said Jolivet.

Besides stocking up on non-perishable foods and water, residents say it’s important to be prepared for anything.

“You never know it’s Kansas, you know what I mean, you never know,” said Jolivet.

You should prepare for this week’s severe weather, and get your disaster supply kit together. 

In it, you will want non-perishable food, water, medications, a battery powered radio, a flashlight with extra batteries, a first aid kit, a pair of closed toe shoes, and a cell phone.

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