tornadoes http://kcur.org en Federal Aid Unlikely After Orrick Tornado http://kcur.org/post/federal-aid-unlikely-after-orrick-tornado <p>There probably isn’t enough tornado damage in Orrick, Mo., to qualify the small town 30 miles east of Kansas City for federal assistance.</p><p>Though the May 10 tornado ravaged homes and the local school, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says it's unlikely claims will top the $8.4 million threshold needed for federal disaster relief.</p><p>“We had a chance to tour the school today," says Nixon, who visited Orrick Wednesday. "The bottom line is that community, we’re working very hard to get the debris out of there.”</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 13:51:36 +0000 Elle Moxley 56127 at http://kcur.org Things Kansas Citians Would Try To Save From A Tornado http://kcur.org/post/things-kansas-citians-would-try-save-tornado <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What do rosaries, guitars and “Lord of the Rings” DVD box sets have in common?</span></p><p>They’re all objects that Kansas Citians said they would try to save if a tornado was on the way.</p><p>Given this week’s severe tornadoes across the United States, we used social media and the airwaves to ask you: <a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-what-would-you-grab-if-tornado-was-approaching">What would you grab if a tornado was approaching?</a></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 20:46:57 +0000 Alyson Raletz 55082 at http://kcur.org Things Kansas Citians Would Try To Save From A Tornado Greensburg, Kansas Recovers From Twister Only To Face An Economic EF5 http://kcur.org/post/greensburg-kansas-recovers-twister-only-face-economic-ef5 <p style="margin-left:.5in;">A massive EF5 tornado all but obliterated Greensburg, Kan., on May 4, 2007. Afterwards, city leaders saw a blank slate, a chance to reverse decades of decline by building a town for the future.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">Greensburg’s green building initiative, drew big money, and lots of volunteer help. But now Greensburg faces a crossroads. The town is stuck at half its pre-tornado population with few prospects for growth. Some blame trends slowly decimating most farm towns, others find fault with the green initiative.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:58:22 +0000 Frank Morris 54981 at http://kcur.org Greensburg, Kansas Recovers From Twister Only To Face An Economic EF5 Finding The Origins Of Tornado Chasers http://kcur.org/post/finding-origins-tornado-chasers <p></p><p>The booming thunderstorms and crazy spring weather have moved in, and any Midwesterner knows what comes with them—tornadoes. Most of us retreat to basements when those sirens sound, but a select few take that as a cue to go hunting for the cyclones.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 54272 at http://kcur.org Finding The Origins Of Tornado Chasers Why Storm Chasers Do What They Do http://kcur.org/post/why-storm-chasers-do-what-they-do <p>Last month, as we all know, a series of tornadoes devastated areas around Oklahoma City, with dozens killed and hundreds injured over several days of storms.</p><p>Among the casualties were three men who were well known in the meteorological community and, indeed, to television audiences: Storm chasers Tim Samaras, his son Paul Samaras and Carl Young were doing interviews and sending back footage the day of the EF-3 El Reno storm that changed direction on them and killed them.</p><p>In light of these tragic events we wonder, just what is a storm chaser anyway?</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 23:07:28 +0000 Brian Ellison & Matthew Long-Middleton 38479 at http://kcur.org Why Storm Chasers Do What They Do New System Warns Cell Phone Users Of Tornadoes, Other Emergencies http://kcur.org/post/new-system-warns-cell-phone-users-tornadoes-other-emergencies <p></p><p>People in the path of severe weather (and other emergencies) now have a new way to find out about threats: text message alerts, sent straight to mobile devices.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 16:01:29 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Ryan Schuessler 37512 at http://kcur.org New System Warns Cell Phone Users Of Tornadoes, Other Emergencies Metro Kansas Medical Aid Drives To Oklahoma Tornado Scene http://kcur.org/post/metro-kansas-medical-aid-drives-oklahoma-tornado-scene <p>Olathe-based humanitarian relief agency Heart to Heart International intends to stay with its medical volunteers as long as they are needed in&nbsp; Moore, Oklahoma.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>A team was heading to the &nbsp;EF- 5 tornado scene within hours of the devastation, according to the chief executive.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Organization founder Doctor Gary </span>Morsch<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who has Oklahoma &nbsp;relief agency &nbsp;roots was ahead of them all.</span></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 20:41:03 +0000 Dan Verbeck 37135 at http://kcur.org Metro Kansas Medical Aid Drives To Oklahoma Tornado Scene Despite Uncommon Weather Pattern, KC Area Tornado Watch Cancelled http://kcur.org/post/despite-uncommon-weather-pattern-kc-area-tornado-watch-cancelled <p><strong>6:50 pm update: National Weather Service cancels tornado watches for most of the Kansas City metro area. A watch remains in effect in Linn and Miami counties.</strong></p><p>A storm system is developing over the Kansas City region that is more likely than not to produce tornadoes.</p><p>By <a href="http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=eax" target="_blank">reckoning of forecasters</a>, the gathering of forces is unusual.&nbsp;</p><p>Super-cells had already formed and fallen apart in areas of east central Missouri by mid-afternoon.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:25:18 +0000 Dan Verbeck 35264 at http://kcur.org Despite Uncommon Weather Pattern, KC Area Tornado Watch Cancelled Tornado Watch Issued For Eastern Kansas, Missouri http://kcur.org/post/tornado-watch-issued-eastern-kansas-missouri <p>The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the Kansas City area, eastern Kansas and most of Missouri.&nbsp;</p><p>The watch was issued late Wednesday morning and is expected to last until at least 10 pm CDT. The storm could bring several intense tornados, hail up to 2.5 inches in diameter, and wind up to 70 mph.</p><p>A flood warning has been issued for Jackson county.</p><p>You can follow storm at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/watch/ww0114.html">National Weather Service</a>&nbsp;website.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:39:46 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 35246 at http://kcur.org Tornado Watch Issued For Eastern Kansas, Missouri Soil Cleanup Underway In Southwest Missouri http://kcur.org/post/soil-cleanup-underway-southwest-missouri <p>When the tornado tore through Joplin and Duquesne in southwest Mo. in May 2011, not only did it kill 161 people and destroy thousands of buildings, it also unearthed something dangerous: Fri, 05 Oct 2012 15:38:48 +0000 Michele Skalicky 25573 at http://kcur.org Soil Cleanup Underway In Southwest Missouri Reuiniting Joplin With Their Lost Photos http://kcur.org/post/reuiniting-joplin-their-lost-photos <p>When the Joplin tornado struck one year ago, so much was destroyed or scattered that can never be replaced. And it became up to a few creative heroes to restore some of that order. Abi Almandinger is one of those forces.</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 18:24:07 +0000 Charlie Upchurch, Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 18108 at http://kcur.org Reuiniting Joplin With Their Lost Photos Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-tuesday-april-17-2012 <p>Kansas City leaders look at the role of the city health care tax, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and House GOP leaders negotiate over workplace discrimination and workers&rsquo; comp bills, and more.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 13:19:11 +0000 Maria Carter 16094 at http://kcur.org Top Of The Morning News: Friday, April 16, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-friday-april-16-2012 <p>Tornadoes rip through Kansas but few lives are lost.&nbsp; Poet William Towbridge discusses his work and being Missouri Poet Laureate. It&rsquo;s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.</p><p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 13:28:56 +0000 Maria Carter 16035 at http://kcur.org Early Warnings Reduced Human Loss From Tornadoes http://kcur.org/post/early-warnings-reduced-human-loss-tornadoes <p>The tornado systems that roared through Kansas over the weekend had an historic quality to them. An early warning appears to have limited the number of injuries as more than a hundred tornadoes touched down. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 11:55:39 +0000 Dan Verbeck 16034 at http://kcur.org Tornado Hits Wichita's Ailing Aviation Industry http://kcur.org/post/tornado-hits-wichitas-ailing-aviation-industry Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The tornado season started early in much of the nation and continued over the weekend. Spotters reported more than 120 tornadoes on Saturday. One killed five people in Woodward, Oklahoma. Others ripped into homes and businesses in Iowa and Kansas. And that includes the heart of the economy in Wichita, the aviation industry. Here's Frank Morris from member station KCUR.<p>FRANK MORRIS, BYLINE: Kansas got the most tornadoes, almost 100 of them. Possibly a record, according to Sam Brownback, the governor. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 08:00:00 +0000 editor 16022 at http://kcur.org Scenes From Saturday's Storms http://kcur.org/post/scenes-saturdays-storms <p>People throughout the midwest&nbsp;and around the world had their eyes and their cameras on the storms that swept through the country Saturday.&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 15 Apr 2012 20:44:23 +0000 Emilie Mutert 16004 at http://kcur.org Scenes From Saturday's Storms After Ferocious Texas Tornadoes, Two Incredibly Welcome Words: 'No Deaths' http://kcur.org/post/after-ferocious-texas-tornadoes-two-incredibly-welcome-words-no-deaths <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N92dHn_hbRQ</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 11:35:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 15397 at http://kcur.org After Ferocious Texas Tornadoes, Two Incredibly Welcome Words: 'No Deaths' Tornadoes Touch Down Near Dallas; Widespread Damage Reported http://kcur.org/post/possible-tornadoes-touch-down-near-dallas "We've got two tornadoes, one in Dallas and one in Arlington. Tue, 03 Apr 2012 19:02:00 +0000 editor 15364 at http://kcur.org Tornadoes Touch Down Near Dallas; Widespread Damage Reported Emergency Responders On The Ground In Harveyville http://kcur.org/post/emergency-responders-ground-harveyville <p>Emergency responders say that is was probably a tornado that ripped through the tiny town of Harveyville, Kansas last night. The town of just over 200 residents in Wabaunsee County was community hit hardest by last night's storms, leaving 40 percent of buildings damaged or destroyed. At least a dozen of the town's residents were injured, at least one of them critically.</p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 21:40:11 +0000 Stephen Koranda 13408 at http://kcur.org Walt Covers KC's Worst-Ever Tornado http://kcur.org/post/walt-covers-kcs-worst-ever-tornado <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d16e11d9551-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d16e11d9551-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d16e11d9551-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-902041.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – 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.</p> Fri, 14 May 2010 16:09:44 +0000 Frank Morris & Walt Bodine 6624 at http://kcur.org Walt Covers KC's Worst-Ever Tornado