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Friday, April 28, 2017

Flooding Rains Possible in Central States

Several rounds of severe storms- and heavy- possible flooding rains- are expected in a swath from the southern Plains to the Ohio Valley states.

Roughly- an area along and about 100 miles either side of a line from near Wichita Falls Texas to northeast of Louisville Kentucky will be under the gun.

This will include all of Missouri roughly south of Interstate 70- all included in a Flash and general Flood Watch..

Metro Kansas City should see off and on periods of rain- showers and thunderstorms mostly Saturday into early Sunday- but no severe weather is expected with the bulk of the heavier rains south and southeast of the Metro.

This is a changing weather situation- any updates will be posted here at CSW...

Monday, April 24, 2017

Kansas City MO Fire Shuns Mutual Aid For Sunday's Fire

The KC-MO Fire department dispatch was chilling ... reports of people trapped and jumping from windows at a fire in the far southern part of the city Sunday afternoon.

It took almost 8 minutes for the nearest KC fire company to arrive at the Cloverleaf Apartments in the 14500 block of South U.S. 71 (I-49)- yet Grandview's fire department probably could have been on the scene in at least half that time.

About 3 years ago- KC-MO Fire- due to budget concerns- removed fire company Pumper 1 from their station at the old Richards-Gebaur Air Force base and closed the station.

Now- the closest KC fire station- Station 42- is north of Grandview (see accompanying map image)- on Red Bridge Road about 5 blocks east of I-47/U.S. 71.

Yet- all 3 of Grandview's stations are much closer to Cloverleaf- but none of their fire companies were requested by KCFD dispatch.

It's true that KC Fire does not have an "automatic" mutual aid response from Grandview as they do for cities like Raytown- but a simple phone or radio call to GFD dispatch still would have had the GFD rolling that way.

Just because there is no "automatic" aid does not in any way mean that such a spot request would not be honored if GFD has units available (they did).

Residents of that complex should be glad the fire didn't happen in the middle of the night- or during inclement weather that would have delayed KC's response even further.

Injuries Reported at Lenexa KS Apartment Fire

It was a 2-alarm fire at The Retreat at Mill Creek Apartments at the southwest corner of the intersection of West 87th Street and Pflumm in Lenexa.

The fire broke out before 2 pm Monday afternoon and it was also reported that "2 children" suffered non life-threatening injuries in the fire.

An apartment fire in far south Kansas City MO injured a child yesterday afternoon.

The fire in Lenexa is under control with at least 6 units heavily damaged.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Residents Reported Trapped in Far South Kansas City MO Apartment Fire

The fire is reportedly at the Cloverleaf Apartments in the 14500 block of South U.S. 71 (I-49).

A 2nd-alarm was sounded shortly after the initial alarm was dispatched at 2:58 pm Sunday afternoon.

It is reported "numerous" occupants were "trapped" in the burning building and also it's reported people "jumping" from the building as well.

Several KC-MO FD-EMS units are being or have been sent to the scene.

At 3:06 pm- the first KCFD arriving unit reports "heavy fire showing from a 3-story" apartment building.

As of 3:20 pm-  "2 injuries" has been reported by EMS- and at least one of the victims reportedly  a child.

Injuries reported by EMS to be not life-threatening.

As of 3:28 pm- the fire is reported to be "under control,"

NOTE:  Grandview Fire- with several stations much closer to this incident- was made aware of this fire before the 2nd-alarm was dispatched- but apparently KC never requested GFD for a mutual aid response until an EMS unit was requested after the fire was declared under control.

More on this post as received.....

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Severe Weather Watches in the US Central States

Although Metro Kansas City has a "slight risk" for severe storms later tonight- tornado (yellow) and severe thunderstorm (pink) watches have been issued for Iowa- Nebraska and Kansas.

No part of Metro Kansas City is yet included in any weather watch.... 

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Severe Tstm Watch No. 136 Until 6 am For Northwestern Portions of Metro Kansas City

The Severe Thunderstorm watch includes Leavenworth in Kansas- and Platte counties in Missouri.

The watch does affect Metro St. Joseph.

I-435 Now Open in South Kansas City MO

According to KC Scout cameras-- southbound I-435 has reopened from M-350 to The Grandview Triangle.

It appears the northbound lanes at 83rd Street will be cleared in the next few hours- with the entire I-435 stretch opening ahead of the 5 am Monday morning schedule.

UPDATE 8:15 pm- Both north and south I-435 is now open on Kansas City MO's southeast side.

"Slight" Risk For Severe Storms Later Today

Metro Kansas City and surrounding areas from southwest to northeast are included in a forecasted "slight risk" for severe thunderstorms later this afternoon and evening.

Large hail and strong winds are the primary threats- with a slight chance of a tornado or two in the shown forecast area.

As of this post- there is NO storm activity indicated on NWS radars within 100 miles of Metro KC.

Check your weather sources or here at CSW if a weather watch is issued over the course of the day....

Friday, April 07, 2017

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Possible Tornado Strikes Goodman MO

A possible tornado struck the small southwestern Missouri town of Goodman late in the 6-o'clock hour Tuesday evening.

Goodman- in northern McDonald county along I-49- is about 25 miles south-southeast of Joplin.

Among structures damaged in the town of about 1250 people was the town's main fire station and nearby elementary school.

Google street view of Goodman fire station in better days.
Google street view of back of elementary school before tornado.
Same view as above from slightly right and back angle- after the tornado.

Some houses and an apartment building were also damaged.

Only one minor" injury was reported.

There were other reports of wind damage to the northeast near Monett- but no injuries mentioned.

Wednesday morning- the NWS in Springfield MO declared this "an EF-2 tornado" with a path length of "3 miles.".

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tornado Watch No. 99 Includes Portions of Metro Kansas City

The tornado watch is in effect until 11 pm and includes those parts of Metro Kansas City south of the Missouri and Kansas rivers.

The watch also includes much of eastern and southeastern Kansas as well as western and southwestern Missouri.

Thunderstorms are developing in eastern Kansas and are beginning to become severe around Topeka.

Please keep tuned to NOAA weather radio or commercial radio and TV for the lastest weather developments....

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

BREAKING: Three Storm Chasers Killed in West Texas Crash

Other than this Tweet from chaser Jeff Piotrowski there are yet no other details other than the 3 chasers were killed in a traffic crash at the intersection of Farm to Market (FM-) roads 2794 and 1081 west of Spur TX late Tuesday afternoon....

There is preliminary information identifying two of the chasers- but I will not post that here until it's 1) been confirmed and 2) their family and friends have been notified.

As of 8:30 pm CDT- the identity of the 3 chasers killed has been confirmed...

BREAKING: 3-Alarm Apartment Fire in South Kansas City MO

The fire is in the Coach House apartment complex west of Holmes on East 115th Street in the Red Bridge area of south KC-MO..

At 3:42 am CDT Tuesday morning- 5 fire companies were dispatched to an address in the 11500 block of Holmes.

It was reportedly a "carport on fire with several vehicles involved."

Pumper 28 enroute at 3:46 am sees "fire from 4 blocks away" and requests "a working fire response."

Another truck company and EMS unit among those sent.

Arriving at 3:48 am- Pumper 28 says the "carport fully-involved and the side of (an apartment) building."

Battalion chief 107 requests and receives a 2nd-alarm response of 3 more pumpers- a truck and EMS among those responding.

Fire is working as of 4:10 am with no reports of injuries so far.

At 4:13 am- a 3rd-alarm of 4 additional pumper companies and an EMS unit are dispatched to this fire.

As of 4:40 am- virtually an hour after the first fire dept. dispatch- the more than a dozen companies are fighting to contain the fire to just one building in this complex.

As of 5 am- the 3rd-alarm companies were being released from their staging area as the fire was virtually under control.

No reports of injuries as of 5:08 am- and at least 6 apartment units have been damaged by this fire.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Major- Historic Fire in Overland Park KS

It's at an apartment complex under construction on the southwest of the interchange of College Boulevard and U.S. 69 near Corporate Woods and one of the 4-story buildings under construction became totally involved in flames.

The complex is known at "The Royale at CityPlace Center."

The fire was reported about 3:30 pm and quickly grew to 2-alarms..

Within 30 minutes- the response had grown to at least 5-alarms with virtually every fire department in Johnson county KS sending equipment and crews.

As of 5:30 pm- this has gone to "an 8-alarm-plus" fire.

Fire crews from both Kansas Citys and as far away as Lawrence KS were called to the fire scene or asked to fill the many empty fire stations in Johnson county.

This has beeen the largest Metro KC fire since the West Bottoms blaze of 1998 and the largest fire in Overland Park's history.

Nearby homes were also ignited.

As of 4:45 pm- at least 12 homes to the south of the complex have been or are currently involved in flames from radiated heat and blowing embers.

Late Monday evening- Overland Park Fire spokespeople stated that "17 homes were damaged" with at least 3 of those homes considered a total loss.

Tuesday morning- that figure had increased to "22 homes" damaged- with 5 of those homes heavily-damaged or destroyed.

This is in addition to the 2 apartment buildings destroyed along with several smaller buildings in the complex.


As of 6:30 pm- nearly 3 hours after this fire was first reported- aerial TV shots show most of the homes that caught fire have been extinguished or nearly so.

Also- only one minor firefighter injury reported thus far- no other injuries have been reported.

Late Monday- fire commanders said "3 firefighters have been transported (to medical facilities) in fair condition."

No civilian injuries were reported and at least a half-dozen fire crews were still on-scene dealing with the fire in the 2nd-building in the complex.

Late Tuesday- more than 27 hours after the initial fire call- an OPFD spokesperson stated "25 homes" were in some way damaged in the fire- with "5" homes uninhabitable.

Those firefighters injured had been released and all hot spot extinguished.

The cause has been linked to a construction welder's spark that ignited a wooden wall.

Damage figures will probably total in the tens of millions of dollars.