Kansas City, Missouri – People need to pay attention to severe storm warnings, even though it may seem unnecessary.
Severe weather yesterday caused at least one tornado to touch down around 151st and Metcal in South Johnson County, and another around Harrisonville, according to law enforcement officers. Area police departments dispatched officers and trained storm spotters to the periphery of the county to file weather reports and check on residents and businesses.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A tornado that struck Sedalia Wednesday damaged and destroyed dozens of homes and businesses, but no one was killed and no serious injuries reported. St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin reports.
Officials estimate between 15 and 25 people were transported or drove themselves to the local hospital with minor injuries. The tornado ripped through a six-block stretch of businesses along U.S. Highway 65.
Sedalia, Mo. – Emergency personnel in Pettis County and the city of Sedalia are accessing damage from tornadoes today. St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin is there and says officials feel lucky that it wasn't worse.
The heaviest damaged area now was alongside U.S. Highway 65 on the south side of town. Several businesses were hit by the tornado. We don't have the exact number of how many (businesses) destroyed or hit yet.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Among the dangerous storms moving through Missouri today, Sedalia was struck by a tornado. St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin is on his way there and he gives us an update on what he knows now.
Kansas City, MO – Just after noon today, a tornado touched down in Sedalia, Missouri. Heavy damage is reported in some parts of the city. According to the Sedalia Democrat, early reports include damage along U.S. 65 and debris throughout the area.
Kansas City, Mo. – The National Weather says at least two tornadoes it describes as very weak and brief have touched down and lifted near Kansas City, Mo. Warning sirens have been shut off downtown.
Meteorologist Julie Adolphson says there were no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage resulting from the tornadoes reported in suburban Overland Park, Kan., and near Harrisonville, Mo., south of Kansas City.
St. Louis, Mo. – The tornado that slammed into Joplin on Sunday is now the eighth deadliest on record. The death toll reached 122 people last nigh. The National Weather Service has increased the rating of the storm's strength to an EF-5 - the highest category. Winds topped 200 miles per hour. Search and rescue crews rescued two more people from the wreckage yesterday (Tuesday), bringing the total number of rescues to nine.
SALINA, Ks. – The Kansas Division of Emergency Management is hoping the disastrous tornadoes that hit Reading and Joplin the past few days will prompt people to take steps to prepare for disaster. And as Bryan Thompson reports, having a cell phone may be as important as having a flashlight on hand.
Salina, Kan. – Conditions are right for another outbreak of severe thunderstorms and possibly tornadoes in Kansas this (TUE) afternoon and this evening. As Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports, now is the time to get ready.
Lawrence, Kan. – Power is slowly returning to the storm-damaged town of Reading (RED-ing). Utility crews said they hoped to have electricity restored to 30-percent of the town by Monday night. But water and sewer service remain unavailable. In the wake of deadly and damaging tornadoes over the weekend, state officials are calling for more storm preparedness. KPR's J. Schafer has more.
Joplin, Mo. – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon wants a second search of every collapsed building. But a city official says all FEMA requirements are being met, including double examinations of buildings. Relief work though has barely begun. Dan Verbeck is in Joplin and has this report.
JOPLIN, Mo. – The fatality count in Joplin Missouri is up to 116, and as KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is ordering a second search for survivors. ----------
Outside the shambles of the now closed regional hospital, Governor Jay Nixon just finished speaking with reporters in the midst of a blinding lightning and thunderstorm and an eye-watering mix of spilled gasoline from scores of cars tumbled about in the parking lot.
Kansas City, Mo. – A suburban Kansas City nonprofit organization is mobilizing to help storm-ravaged communities in Kansas and Missouri. Heart to Heart International specializes in providing medical services and supplies.
CEO Andre T. Butler says Heart to Heart already has a medical assessment team on the ground in Joplin, Missouri. Based on the team's report, the group is sending its Mobile Health Clinic, which contains a waiting room, scrub room, two exam rooms and an onboard pharmacy.
Topeka, KS – Residents in eastern Kansas are clearing debris Monday after a series of storms brought tornadoes and damaging winds Saturday night. One tornado heavily damaged much of the small town of Reading, about 50 miles south of Topeka. KPR's Stephen Koranda has more on the twister, which left one man dead and many of the town's 250 residents homeless.
Joplin, Mo. – [Updated: June 9, 2011: 151 people died from injuries. More than 900 people were injured in the storm.] Authorities say at least 89 have died in the massive tornado that struck Joplin. City manager Mark Rohr announced the number at a pre-dawn news conference outside the wreckage of a hospital that took a direct hit from Sunday's storm. Rohr said the twister cut a path nearly six miles long and more than a half-mile wide through the center of town.
JOPLIN, Mo. – A massive tornado that tore through the southwest Missouri city of Joplin killed at least 89 people, but authorities warned that the death toll could climb Monday as search and rescuers continued their work at sunrise.
Reading, Kan. – A series of storms left one Kansas man dead and heavily damaged a small town Saturday night. A tornado battered the town of Reading in eastern Kansas. KPR's Stephen Koranda has more on the twister, which has left many of Reading's 250 residents without homes.
Kansas City, Mo. – The enormous winter storm continued pummeling the Midwest, closing roads and forcing thousands of flight cancellations as it lumbered eastward. By evening most of Kansas City was shut down. But a number of businesses, like this little hardware store in Midtown, welcomed a steady stream of customers staggering in out of the blizzard.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Snow disrupted a lot of schedules this week. And for some people, it was a welcome disruption. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has this audio postcard of Thursday's snow day in Kansas City, and how some local businesses, from restaurants to Sporting Kansas City (formerly the Wizards), are trying to benefit from the inclement weather.
Topkea, KS – Heat advisories and excessive heat warnings are in effect for much of eastern Kansas. Matt Wolters is with the National Weather Service in Topeka. He says the high temperatures aren't unusual for this time of year, but the high humidity is out of the ordinary.
"Typically you start to sweat, and then the sweat evaporates off your body and it cools you down," says Wolters. "When you have the high humidity and the temperatures we've been experiencing over the last few days, it makes it difficult to cool down by that way."
Kansas City, Mo. – The council made up of Kansas City's six major industrial districts is warning that levees holding back rivers are in precarious condition. And money to do restoration work is barely being provided.
Kansas City's lowest lying areas are the industry districts, Central and Northeast Industrial, Dotson, Blue Valley, Swope and Bi State Turkey Creek. There are sixty miles of levees between 30 and more than 50 years old.
Kansas City – Tornadoes raked Kansas and Oklahoma a week ago, killing 5 people. But those storms were minor compared to the one that hit Kansas City on May 20th, 1957. The Ruskin Heights Tornado was among the most powerful ever recorded. It obliterated the new neighborhood that it's named for, and killed dozens of people. KCUR's Walt Bodine was there before the dust cleared.