Severe Storms Cause Destruction Across Southeast and South Central Kansas! (10/18/2007)


Two small but powerful bow echoes caused damage across South Central and Southeast Kansas on Wednesday October 17th.

Thunderstorms first developed Wednesday morning ahead of a low pressure system and developing warm front over Southeast Kansas. Image 1 is a surface map showing the locations of the low pressure system and fronts. As the storms tracked east, they encountered richer moisture which allowed them to intensify. Around noon a small bow echo formed and tracked across portions of Southeast Kansas producing winds in excess of 60 mph and causing damage. Image 2 is a radar display around noon of the small bow echo which caused straight line wind damage near Caney. Image 3 and Image 4 are pictures of some of the damage near Caney.

As the evening hours approached additional severe storms developed further west along a dry line over South Central Kansas. As these storms tracked east, they also organized into a small bow echo which caused significant damage to portions of South Central Kansas. Around 6pm the bow echo and associated straight line winds caused extensive damage to a business in Andover. Image 5 is a radar display of the bow echo near the time it caused the damage in Andover. International Cold Storage, located in Andover, withstood the most significant damage where wind speeds near 100 mph were estimated. Image 6, Image 7, Image 8 and Image 9 are pictures of damage sustained to the business in Andover.

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