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.
Kansas City, Mo. – Thunderstorm winds raked a goodly portion of the metro region this morning, tipping trucks, tearing roofs and cutting electricity.
Wind blasts were estimated as high as 85 miles an hour, either as straight line or microburst. As many as 20,000 KCP&L customers in Kansas City, Missouri were without power. Another 10,000 rural homes and businesses in Platte County lost electricity.
The storm affected driving, safety and commerce in hundreds of businesses.
Greater Kansas City – We've had an extended period of bad weather in the Kansas City area, with historic amounts of snow, record low temperatures, and school cancellations - almost everyone's life has been disrupted.
Some are getting a little cabin fever -- like Joyce Lucas, a Kansas City woman who (as of January 6th) had only left her house once since Christmas.
Kansas City, MO – Besieged with complaints about snow removal on residential streets, the Kansas City City Council discussed the matter at length Thursday. And they took their first action to try to improve the service the same day.
The council learned that Kansas City has already overspent its $2.5 million dollar snow removal budget by $300,000, and that situations like the repeated snows and below freezing temperatures are not covered in the city snow removal plan.
Kansas City, MO – Frigid weather, piling snow and school cancellations are keeping many people at home these days. And some might be getting a little cabin fever. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross just visited with Joyce Lucas, a Kansas City woman who has only left her house once since Christmas.
Kansas City, MO – Temperatures are forecast to fall, not rise today in the Kansas City region. Those who venture outside will meet a truly brutal combination of weather conditions.
Winds rose as snowfall tapered off not long after midnight leaving from 3 to 5 inches as a rule. Driving became slick yesterday afternoon and continued through the night. The National Weather Service radio from Pleasant Hill noted 3 am winds gusting into the mid 20 mile per hour range and expected to intensify
Kansas City, MO – With snow cutting visibility since late yesterday, travel became difficult in car and truck. Heavier trucks often get around better.
The weight of the load can be a positive factor. Take a fully loaded truck with a cargo of water. A thousand gallons in the rig driven by Jim Rash who hauls water to houses where there's no public water supply.
It's a cold job unloading water that's constantly freezing the pump and hoses. Rash's teeth are chattering.
Overland Park, Kansas – As it continued to blizzard well into Wednesday night and Thursday morning, snow crews and public officials metro-wide were saying they thought they'd be working into the weekend. Temperatures are supposed to drop below zero while winds are expected to pick up.
Kansas City, Mo. – In midst of two weeks of snow and bitter cold, even worse is coming. Those are warnings extending from weather forecasters to highway departments to companies that provide electricity.
Topeka, KS – A powerful storm spreading snow, sleet and rain across the nation's midsection glazed roads and disrupted flights Thursday, making last-minute holiday travel treacherous but promising a white Christmas for some.
Kansas City, MO – In case you haven't noticed, the leaves around Kansas City seem to be especially vibrant this year. Trees are ablaze in brilliant red, gold and orange. But are the trees especially colorful this year? To get some answers, KCUR's Susan Wilson stopped by the Linda Hall Library to consult with groundskeeper Scott Reiter about the science behind this year's fall foliage.
Kansas City, Mo. – Some parts of northwest Kansas got up to 10 inches of snow Thursday night as a storm rolled into the state from Colorado. But the National Weather Service says the snow will be gone by the end of the weekend as temperatures rise into the 50s and 60s.
Rawlins County saw the biggest accumulation with 10 inches.
A meteorologist says areas south of Interstate 70 received little if any snow from the system.
Sugar Creek, MO – Ten thousand drivers a day will have to find another way to cross the Missouri river until at least mid July. The northbound span of M-291 is considered too dangerous. KCUR's Dan Verbeck was there, on the metro's east side, shortly before the 60 year old bridge was closed July 7th.
Kansas City – Area health departments are urging people to drink lots of water and not spend too much time in the sun. They're also working with various places - like libraries - to open public centers where people can go and cool off during the day.
Gay Hall is with the Wyandotte County Health Department, and says workers there are also busy responding to phone calls about the elderly.
Kansas City, MO – The Mid America Regional Council advises residents take precautions on Ozone Alert days, when ground level ozone concentrations hit unhealthy levels. It's a problem commonly known as smog.
Kansas City, MO – Communities across the metro have opened cooling centers, places where those without air conditioning can go to get out of the heat. For more information call the United Way at 2-1-1.
MISSOURIClay County, MO
Kansas City: Salvation Army Northland (816) 452-5663 4300 NE Parvin Road, Kansas City, MO 64117 M-SU 8am-5pm Cold drinks and snacks available.
Jackson County, MO
Grandview: Salvation Army Grandview (816) 966-8300 6111 E 129th St, Grandview, MO M-Su 8am-5pm Cold drinks and snacks available.
Kansas City, MO – The original VORTEX experiment in the mid-1990s inspired the movie "Twister," in which scientists pursued tornadoes past flying tractors and right through an intact, rolling, farm house. KCUR's Frank Morris reports that the actual roving experiment hasn't been QUITE that kind of a white knuckle ride, but, a lot more important. Because cracking some of the basic mysteries about the wildest storms on earth will save lives.
Heat as stifling as it is right now poses hazards beyond mere temperature and humidity.
With heat shimmering off of 63rd street past Metro Patrol police station, the sergeant who leads investigations speaks from 17 years experience. Brad Lemon recalls having to go with the fire department up ladders, through second story windows to save heat victims.