An upper level storm system moved across the Central Plains Friday March 30th...with occasional
thunderstorms with heavy rain. Additionally...a tornado watch was in effect and the storms that
moved through prompted a few tornado warnings over east central and northeast Kansas.
One weak tornado touched down briefly in northeast Morris county and produced some damage.
The following is from the damage survey that was conducted the morning of March 31st 2007.
...SURVEY OF DAMAGE FROM MARCH 30 STORMS IN MORRIS COUNTY... THIS MORNING...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PERSONNEL FROM TOPEKA...ALONG WITH THE MORRIS COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGER...SURVEYED DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED IN NORTHEAST MORRIS COUNTY FRIDAY EVENING MARCH 30TH.
THE DAMAGE APPEARED TO BE FROM A WEAK...NARROW TORNADO THAT BEGAN ABOUT 5 MILES EAST NORTHEAST OF COUNCIL GROVE AND MOVED NORTH TO ABOUT 5 MILES NORTHEAST OF COUNCIL GROVE.
THE TORNADO SNAPPED A POWER POLE AND BROKE SOME TREE LIMBS NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF Q AND 400 ROADS. THERE WAS DAMAGE TO A FARMSTEAD NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF M AND 400 ROADS. IN ADDITION TO SOME TREE DAMAGE AT THIS LOCATION...OUTBUILDINGS WERE DAMAGED. A THREE SIDED POLE SHED WAS DESTROYED...A WEAK BARN WAS SHIFTED ON ITS FOUNDATION AND A WIND MILL TOWER WAS TOPPLED.
THE TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND FOR 2.8 MILES AND IT WAS 20 YARDS WIDE. THE TORNADO WAS RATED AN EF0 WITH ESTIMATED WINDSPEEDS AROUND 70 MPH.
MANY LOCATIONS IN THE RURAL PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST MORRIS AND SOUTHWEST WABAUNSEE COUNTIES EXPERIENCED HEAVY RAINFALL. EVIDENCE OF WATER FLOWING OVER THE ROADS AND FLOODING OF LOW WATER CROSSINGS WAS OBSERVED.