Damaging Storms Move Through the Region

 

A large storm system moved into the central United States this weekend, bringing several rounds of severe thunderstorms to the region.  Warm and moist air streamed northward out of the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday ahead of this system, spawning the first of three rounds of severe weather early Sunday morning.  This "elevated" thunderstorm activity produced scattered severe hail across portions of Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska early Sunday morning.  Stronger thunderstorms quickly developed by mid-day and raced eastward across eastern Kansas and much of Missouri. Large hail up to the size of golf balls, damaging straight-line winds in excess of 60 mph, and torrential rainfall moved through the area by mid-afternoon.

However, due to the speed and quick eastward progression of activity across the region Sunday afternoon, the atmosphere was able to recover to produce a third round of severe thunderstorms across portions of eastern Kansas and western Missouri.  At least 2 tornadoes were reported in the region, a devastating tornado near Baxter Springs, KS and a second powerful tornado near Hume, MO.  The formation and dissipation of the second tornado near Hume, MO was captured on live television by a Kansas City news station.

 

 

Reports of rainfall ranged from around 0.30" to as much as 2" in some locations.  Strong winds were reported during the passing of thunderstorm activity early Sunday afternoon, with several reports of 50 to even 70 mph winds across the area. These strong winds produced numerous pockets of damage through northern Missouri.  Here are more specific details on precipitation, winds, and total severe weather reports from Sunday. 

Sunday Rain Totals Preliminary Severe Weather Reports
Peak Wind Gusts Sunday Preliminary Severe Weather Reports

 Severe Weather Images:

 
Credit: Shannan Borgmier Credit: Stephen Clouse (near Lenexa)   Credit: Jean Ann Harrison (Olathe)
       
       


 

Bourbon/Linn County Tornado

Details

RATING:                 EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 111-135 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 17.0 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 400 YARDS
FATALITIES: 0
INJURIES: 0

START DATE: APR 27, 2014
START TIME: 540 PM CDT
START LOCATION: 6 MILES NORTH OF FORT SCOTT, KANSAS
START LAT/LON: 37.93 / -94.71

END DATE: APR 27, 2014
END TIME: 606 PM CDT
END LOCATION: 4 MILES EAST OF PLEASANTON, KANSAS
END LAT/LON: 38.16 / -94.65

THE STORM SURVEY BEGAN IN BOURBON COUNTY AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 69 AND SOLDIER ROAD, NEAR HAMMOND KANSAS,WHERE VIDEO SUGGESTED THE TORNADO ORIGINALLY TOUCHED DOWN. MINOR DAMAGE WAS NOTED NEAR HAMMOND, WITH THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE CONSISTING OF TOPPLED OVER GRAIN BINS AND SEVERAL DERAILED EMPTY TRAIN CARS. THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE BOURBON COUNTY PATH SEVERAL DESTROYED OUTBUILDINGS WERE NOTED AS WELL AS SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE.

 

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED AS THE TORNADO STRENGTHENED IN LINN COUNTY KANSAS. IN RURAL LINN COUNTY, BETWEEN PLEASANTON AND PRESCOTT, AN OUTDOOR GARAGE STORING HEAVY EQUIPMENT WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND NEARLY REMOVED FROM ITS FOUNDATION. AT THIS SAME LOCATION AN EMPTY SEMI TRAILER WAS TOSSED OVER 200 YARDS INTO A GROVE OF TREES AND SEVERAL OTHER SMALLER VEHICLES WERE TOSSED ABOUT THE PROPERTY. NEAR PLEASANTON A CHURCH THAT WAS BUILT IN THE 1880`S WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED. THE PATH OF THE TORNADO ENDED JUST EAST/SOUTHEAST OF PLEASANTON IN AN OPEN FIELD.

 

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.
EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

Interactive Track with Pictures:

 


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Interactive Tornado Track

Tornado Tracks and damage contours are based on individual damage points.  For additional information and to download the KML file to use locally please click on the following link:  Tornado KML Link

 

 

 

Radar Imagery:

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Radar loop of the storm's reflectivity (left) and velocity (right).
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Tornado Damage:

  
Damage to a garage near Pleasanton
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Tornado Images:

 

     
Credit: KMBC-TV  Credit: Korry Hartman  Credit: Cole Fortman

 


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