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Map of path for EF3 tornado that struck Wichita Saturday night

The National Weather Service has released a map of the path taken by the EF3 tornado that struck the Wichita metropolitan area late Saturday night.

Meteorologist Ken Cook, who conducted the damage survey, said the tornado was a mile wide as it moved between the Kansas Turnpike and the west side of McConnell Air Force Base. It touched down at Broadway and 79th Street South on the south edge of Haysville, moved northeast through Oaklawn and southeast Wichita and spent much of its 15-mile path paralleling the Kansas Turnpike.

The tornado was on the ground for about 20 minutes, traveling at 40 miles an hour, then lifted just before it reached K-96 north of Central.

The same supercell thunderstorm produced several tornadoes before it reached Wichita, weather officials said. The strongest of those tornadoes was a mile wide and measured EF3 – with winds of up to 165 miles an hour – just southwest of Conway Springs before it lifted and spared the town.

The supercell had two significant tornadoes on the ground at the same time for several miles, weather service officials said.

“That would have been pretty cool to see in the daylight,” weather service meteorologist Robb Lawson said.

The second of those twin tornadoes lifted just east of Conway Springs.

Wichita weather: Sunny and tranquil

A tranquil Monday will be welcome news for Wichita as clean-up from Saturday night’s tornado continues. Sunny skies and highs in the mid-60s are expected, forecasters say, with light northwest winds occasionally reaching double digits.

A few clouds will move in overnight, with lows slipping into the mid-40s.

Tuesday should see more sunshine and more wind, forecasters say. Highs are likely to climb into the low 70s, with south winds gusting to more than 20 miles an hour.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.