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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Kansas City MetroRegion Weather: NWS-SPC - Chance Of Severe Storms Sunday



Once again- the ENTIRE K.C. MetroRegion- Metro included- is under a "slight risk" of severe thunderstorms- with the primary risk being large hail and severe- high winds.


The SPC also warns that the slight risk area MAY be "upgraded" to a higher or "moderate" risk.

If there's any good news with this system tomorrow- it's the fact the storms shouldn't hang over any one area too long- reducing the risk of aggravating the current flood woes.

Check in here to CSW for the latest on this developing weather situation.
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Link To Live Coverage Of Eastern Iowa Historic Flooding



Click HERE for continuing live coverage from KCRG TV in Cedar Rapids of the flooding here and throughout eastern Iowa.


The following photos courtesy of KCCI-8 in Des Moines.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

NWS In Iowa: "HISTORIC HYDROLOGIC EVENT IS EVOLVING"

How many 100-year floods in 15 years constitutes a 100-year flood?

FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL 328 PM CDT FRI JUN 13 2008


...A HISTORIC HYDROLOGIC EVENT IS EVOLVING...RECORD FLOODING IS OCCURRING...

RIVER FORECASTS TAKE INTO ACCOUNT PAST PRECIPITATION...AS WELL AS PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS EXPECTED 24 HOURS INTO THE FUTURE FROM THE FORECAST ISSUANCE TIME.

SAFETY MESSAGE...IF YOU ENCOUNTER A FLOODED ROADWAY...TURN AROUND AND FIND AN ALTERNATE ROUTE. TURN AROUND...DON/T DROWN.

ADDITIONAL RIVER AND WEATHER INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT...
HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/QUADCITIES .

IAC011-113-140828- /O.EXT.KDVN.FL.W.0145.000000T0000Z-080619T1312Z/
/VINI4.3.ER.000000T0000Z.080614T0000Z.080618T0112Z.NR/
328 PM CDT FRI JUN 13 2008

...FLOOD WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL THURSDAY MORNING...

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR
THE CEDAR RIVER AT VINTON.
* UNTIL THURSDAY MORNING.

* AT 7:00 AM FRIDAY THE STAGE WAS 23.0 FEET...AND FALLING.
* RECORD FLOODING IS OCCURRING.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 15 FEET.
* FORECAST...CONTINUE FALLING.

$$

IAC031-103-113-140827- /O.CON.KDVN.FL.W.0140.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
/CIDI4.3.ER.080609T0250Z.080613T1730Z.000000T0000Z.NR/
328 PM CDT FRI JUN 13 2008

...FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE...

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR
THE CEDAR RIVER AT CEDAR RAPIDS.
* UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
* AT 3:00 PM FRIDAY THE STAGE WAS 31.0 FEET...AND FALLING.
* RECORD FLOODING IS OCCURRING.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 12 FEET.
* FORECAST...FALL TO 28.5 FEET SATURDAY MORNING.

$$

IAC031-115-139-140827- /O.CON.KDVN.FL.W.0126.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
/CNEI4.3.ER.080601T0950Z.080616T0000Z.000000T0000Z.NR/
328 PM CDT FRI JUN 13 2008

...FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE...

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR
THE CEDAR RIVER NEAR CONESVILLE.
* UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
* AT 3:00 PM FRIDAY THE STAGE WAS 18.8 FEET...AND RISING.
* RECORD FLOODING IS OCCURRING.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 13 FEET.
* FORECAST...RISE TO 20.6 FEET SUNDAY EVENING...THEN BEGIN FALLING.

$$

IAC095-103-140827- /O.CON.KDVN.FL.W.0125.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
/MROI4.3.ER.080530T2012Z.080612T2330Z.000000T0000Z.NR/
328 PM CDT FRI JUN 13 2008

...FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE...

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR
THE IOWA RIVER AT MARENGO.
* UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
* AT 3:00 PM FRIDAY THE STAGE WAS 21.2 FEET...AND FALLING.
* RECORD FLOODING IS OCCURRING.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 14 FEET.
* FORECAST...FALL TO 21.0 FEET SATURDAY MORNING.

$$

IAC103-115-183-140827- /O.CON.KDVN.FL.W.0141.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
/IOWI4.3.ER.080605T2300Z.080617T0600Z.000000T0000Z.NR/
328 PM CDT FRI JUN 13 2008

...FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE...

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR
THE IOWA RIVER AT IOWA CITY.
* UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
* AT 3:00 PM FRIDAY THE STAGE WAS 30.3 FEET...AND RISING.
* RECORD FLOODING IS OCCURRING.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 22 FEET.
* FORECAST...RISE TO 33.0 FEET TUESDAY MORNING...THEN BEGIN FALLING.

$$

IAC103-115-183-140827- /O.CON.KDVN.FL.W.0135.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
/LNTI4.3.ER.080603T2152Z.080615T1800Z.000000T0000Z.NR/
328 PM CDT FRI JUN 13 2008

...FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE...

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR
THE IOWA RIVER NEAR LONE TREE.
* UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
* AT 3:00 PM FRIDAY THE STAGE WAS 21.0 FEET...AND RISING.
* MAJOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 15 FEET.
* FORECAST...RISE TO 22.3 FEET SUNDAY...THEN BEGIN FALLING.

$$

IAC115-140827- /O.CON.KDVN.FL.W.0127.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
/CJTI4.3.ER.080602T1150Z.080616T1200Z.000000T0000Z.NR/
328 PM CDT FRI JUN 13 2008

...FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE...

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR
THE IOWA RIVER AT COLUMBUS JCT.
* UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
* AT 3:00 PM FRIDAY THE STAGE WAS 28.4 FEET...AND RISING.
* RECORD FLOODING IS OCCURRING.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 19 FEET.
* FORECAST...RISE TO 33.9 FEET MONDAY MORNING...THEN BEGIN FALLING.

$$

IAC115-140827-
/O.CON.KDVN.FL.W.0128.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
/WAPI4.3.ER.080601T1430Z.080616T1800Z.000000T0000Z.NR/
328 PM CDT FRI JUN 13 2008

...FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE...

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR
THE IOWA RIVER AT WAPELLO.
* UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
* AT 3:00 PM FRIDAY THE STAGE WAS 30.2 FEET...AND RISING.
* RECORD FLOODING IS OCCURRING.
* RECENT ACTIVITY...THE RIVER EXPERIENCED A BRIEF FALL EARLIER TODAY DUE TO A LEVEE BREACH. THE RIVER IS RISING AGAIN.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 20 FEET.
* FORECAST...RISE TO 35.4 FEET MONDAY...THEN BEGIN FALLING.


$$

IAC103-183-140827- /O.CON.KDVN.FL.W.0136.000000T0000Z-080617T1434Z/
/KALI4.2.ER.080603T1628Z.080613T1730Z.080616T0234Z.NO/
328 PM CDT FRI JUN 13 2008

...FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL TUESDAY MORNING...

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR
THE ENGLISH RIVER AT KALONA.
* UNTIL TUESDAY MORNING.
* AT 3:00 PM FRIDAY THE STAGE WAS 17.2 FEET...AND RISING.
* MODERATE FLOODING IS OCCURRING.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 14 FEET.
* FORECAST...RISE TO 17.4 FEET SATURDAY MORNING. FALL BELOW FLOOD STAGE SUNDAY EVENING.

$$

END/JAZ


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Middle-America - Solitary News-Weatherman Needs Break

Spring (and it STILL is that) 2008 has been one for the record books.

First- the season seems to take forever to get here- with freezing temperatures well into April.

Then the warmth but also the rains come. Farmers & gardeners waiting to plant find it too wet- fairly-generous winter precipitation graced most of us as well. Invest in corn futures- much of the Corn Belt's swamped. Imagine the coming price increase on stuff too.

Also- the severe weather. The Year 2008 has already seen more thna 1500 tornado reports alone. Around 100 people have been killed by tornadoes- at least a dozen more by floods.

Yes- the floods.

Cedar Rapids-IA is suffering the worst flooding from the Cedar River in the city's history. Flood crests are still gathering- rushing into the already-swollen Mississippi river.

Some points along the Mississippi may see flood heights higher than in The Great Flood of 1993.

Therefore- we all need a break- a let's say- 10-day string of pleasant- sunny days. It's hell on everybody- especially those suffering- and it's hell on me trying to keep up with it all.

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Manhattan-KS Tornado Track Map



The Manhattan-KS tornado of June 11, 2008 was rated an EF-4. Amazingly- no fatalities nor any serious injuries!

Map courtesy of Google.

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Manhattan-KS Tornado - Damage Videos









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University of Iowa - Iowa City Flooding Video


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Four More Eastern Iowa Record Flooding Videos









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KCRG-9 Cedar Rapids - Flood Video



The flooding in eastern Iowa has met and in some cases exceeded flood crests from The Great Flood of 1993.

Devastating! The prayers of Middle America are with you good people...

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NWS-SPC Storm Report Map Images June 11-12



Here are the NWS-SPC storm report maps from Wednesday and Thursday.


There were a total of 580 severe weather reports over June 11 & 12- and 80 of those reports were of tornadoes..

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Video of Storm Entering Southeastern KC-MO Thursday Evening

Thursday, June 12, 2008

BREAKING WEATHER: Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Jackson - Cass Counties MO - Radar



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NWS Rates Wednesday's Little Sioux-IA Multi-Fatality Tornado -Chapman- Manhattan- Soldier-KS Tornadoes



0635 PM TORNADO 6 SE BLENCOE 41.87N 96.00W
06/11/2008 F2 MONONA IA LAW ENFORCEMENT

*** 4 FATAL, 48 INJ *** TORNADO HIT THE 1800 ACRE LITTLE SIOUX BOY SCOUT RANCH JUST NORTH OF THE HARRISON COUNTY LINE. 48 INJURIES AND 4 FATALITIES CONFIRMED. CAMP CABINS AND HOME DESTROYED. LOCATION WAS CORRECTED BASED ON AERIAL IMAGERY AND PRELIMINARY EF SCALE RATING.


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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
855 PM CDT THU JUN 12 2008

...DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FROM JUNE 11-12 TORNADO IN POTTAWATOMIE...JACKSON AND NEMAHA COUNTIES...

METEOROLOGISTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TOPEKA DID A DAMAGE SURVEY OF THE TORNADO THAT MOVED THROUGH NORTHEAST POTTAWATOMIE...NORTHWEST JACKSON AND SOUTHEAST NEMAHA COUNTY. THE TORNADO BEGAN ABOUT 4 MILES SOUTH SOUTHWEST OF HAVENSVILLE...WHERE EF2 DAMAGE WAS SEEN TO A FARM HOUSE AND TREES ON A FARMSTEAD ON LINCOLN ROAD...ABOUT 1.5 MILES SOUTH OF K16.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST AND CROSSED K16 AND K63...ABOUT 2 MILES SOUTH OF HAVENSVILLE...DOING EF1 DAMAGE TO TREES AND POWER POLES. THE TORNADO THEN BEGAN MOVING EAST NORTHEAST TOWARD THE SOLDIER AREA. POWER POLES AND SOME DAMAGE TO FARMSTEADS OCCURRED ALONG THIS PATH...WITH THE DAMAGE BEING MAINLY EF0 AND EF1. ABOUT ONE HALF MILE SOUTH OF SOLDIER...THE WORST DAMAGE OCCURRED WITH TWO FARMSTEADS BEING HIT HARD. EF2 DAMAGE WAS SEEN HERE ON BOTH HOUSES...AND IN THE GROVE OF HARDWOOD TREES...ALONG WITH A LOT OF OTHER DAMAGE. WINDS AT THIS POINT WERE ESTIMATED AROUND 130 MPH.

MOVING EAST NORTHEAST...THE TORNADO CAUSED EF1 DAMAGE ALONG ITS PATH EAST OF SOLDER...ALONG AND JUST NORTH OF 270 ROAD. IT THEN PROCEEDED NORTHEAST AND CROSSED THE JACKSON/NEMAHA COUNTY BORDER 4 MILES EAST NORTHEAST OF SOLDIER. THIS IS WHERE THE FATALITY OCCURRED AS A MOBILE HOME WAS DESTROYED. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED NORTHEAST WITH EF0 TO EF1 DAMAGE OCCURRING IN EXTREME SOUTHEAST NEMAHA COUNTY...DISSIPATING ABOUT 3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF WETMORE.

THE TORNADO PATH LENGTH WAS 16 MILES...AND THE WIDTH VARIED FROM 50 TO ABOUT 300 YARDS...WITH THE WIDEST DAMAGE PATH OCCURRING ONE HALF MILE SOUTH OF SOLDIER.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TOPEKA WOULD LIKE TO THANK COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT...LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE CITIZENS IN THE AFFECTED AREA FOR THEIR EXTENSIVE HELP IN TRACKING THE DAMAGE FROM THIS TORNADO.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
517 PM CDT THU JUN 12 2008

...DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FROM JUNE 11-12 TORNADOES IN NORTHEAST
KANSAS...

DAMAGE SURVEY TEAMS HAVE REPORTED BACK ON THEIR PRELIMINARY FINDINGS
FROM LAST NIGHTS TORNADOES IN NORTHEAST KANSAS. PRELIMINARY DATA
INDICATES THAT FOUR TORNADOES TOUCHED DOWN FROM TWO DIFFERENT
SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS BETWEEN 1022 PM AND JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT.

ONE TORNADO STRUCK THE CITY OF CHAPMAN...WHERE EF3 DAMAGE WAS NOTED.
ONE FATALITY OCCURRED IN THE CITY OF CHAPMAN.


THE SECOND TORNADO FROM THIS STORM IN NORTHEAST KANSAS STRUCK MANHATTAN AND THE K-STATE CAMPUS. EF4 DAMAGE WAS NOTED IN SOUTHWEST MANHATTAN.
DETAILS ON THE THIRD TORNADO THAT AFFECTED JACKSON COUNTY AND THE TOWN OF SOLDIER WILL BE ISSUED SHORTLY.
THE FOURTH TORNADO STRUCK IN FAR SOUTHERN DICKINSON COUNTY NEAR CARLTON. THIS TORNADO TRACK HAS NOT YET BEEN RATED BUT WILL BE EARLY FRIDAY AS A DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM WILL RETURN TO DICKINSON COUNTY.

THE TORNADO COUNT IS CONSIDERED PRELIMINARY AT THIS POINT.
ADDITIONAL SURVEYS...AND FEEDBACK FROM LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND SPOTTERS...MAY YIELD ADDITIONAL TRACKS.

HERE ARE THE SPECIFICS OF THE FIRST TWO TORNADO TRACKS RATED ON THURSDAY. DETAILS ON THE SOLDIER TORNADO WILL BE ISSUED EARLY THIS EVENING...AND ADDITIONAL SURVEYS ARE PLANNED INTO DICKINSON COUNTY ON FRIDAY.

...CHAPMAN TORNADO...
* EVENT TYPE - EF3 TORNADO

* EVENT LOCATION - TORANDO TRACK SURVEYED THUS FAR JUST WITHIN THE CITY OF CHAPMAN. PRELIMINARY REPORTS INDICATE THE TORNADO TRACKED FROM NEAR CHAPMAN TO NORTHWEST OF JUNCTION CITY BEFORE THE TORNADO DISSIPATED.

* PEAK WIND - 150 MPH ESTIMATED

* MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH - ESTIMATED 1/2 MILE

* PATH LENGTH - UNKNOWN...WILL BE DETERMINED ON FRIDAY

* INJURIES - 4

* FATALITIES - 1

* DISCUSSION/DAMAGE - EXTENSIVE DAMAGE WAS NOTED WITHIN THE CITY OF
CHAPMAN. THE ELEMENTARY/JUNIOR HIGH ON MARSHALL AVENUE WAS HEAVILY
DAMAGED AS WELL AS THE HIGH SCHOOL. ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON THE SPECIFICS OF THE DAMAGE IN CHAPMAN...AS WELL AS ALONG THE TORNADO PATH OUTSIDE OF CHAPMAN...WILL BE ADDED ON FRIDAY.


...MANHATTAN TORANDO...
* EVENT TYPE - EF4 TORNADO

* EVENT LOCATION - TORNADO TRACKED FROM AROUND 1 MILE NORTH OF OGDEN
AT 1048 PM...INTO MANHATTAN WHERE THE TORNADO DISSIPATED JUST EAST
OF THE K-STATE CAMPUS AROUND 1103 PM.

* PEAK WIND - 170 MPH ESTIMATED

* MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH - 1/4 MILE

* PATH LENGTH - 8.64 MILES

* INJURIES - NONE

* FATALITIES - NONE

* DISCUSSION/DAMAGE - THE TORNADO TRACKED FROM JUST NORTH OF OGDEN TO NORTH OF THE MANHATTAN AIRPORT WHERE DAMAGE WAS NOTED TO A FARMSTEAD.

THE MANHATAN AUTOMATED OBSERVING SYSTEM REPORTED A PEAK WIND GUST OF 66 MPH AT 1053 PM.
EF4 DAMAGE WAS NOTED IN SOUTHWEST MANHATTAN...AT AMHERST AVENUE AND PEACHTREE CIRCLE...WHERE NUMEROUS FRAME HOMES WERE DESTROYED. THE TORNADO CROSSED HIGHWAY 113 AT LITTLE APPLE TOYOTA. AT THE CAR DEALERSHIP NUMEROUS CARS WERE TOSSED AND WINDOWS WERE BLOWN OUT OF THE SHOWROOM.
THE NEARBY ACE HARDWARE WAS ALSO DESTRYOED. FROM THIS LOCATION...THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST CROSSING ANDERSON AVENUE AT MIDLAND AVENUE AND THEN DAMAGED LEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.
EF1 DAMAGE WAS NOTED JUST WEST OF THE K-STATE CAMPUS AND ON CAMPUS ITSELF...WITH NUMEROUS WINDOWS BLOWN OUT OF BUILDINGS. DEBRIS FROM OTHER LOCATIONS IN MANHATTAN WAS NOTED ON THE CAMPUS.

THE TORNADO DISSIPATED SHORTLY AFTER 11 PM JUST EAST OF THE CAMPUS AT NORTH MANHATTAN AVENUE AND CENTENIAL DRIVE.

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HUDSON

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SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE: RADAR - WARNINGS



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TORNADO WARNING UPDATE - RADAR

A tornado warning continues for NW Johnson- SW Wyandotte & SE Leavenworth counties-KS.

SkyTracker-41 has not seen further twisters- but KCI tower juust reported "2 touchdowns" of tornadoes near the airport in south-central Platte county-MO...

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WEATHER BULLETIN: KSHB-41 Has A Tornado On The Ground Near De Soto-KS



NBC-41's helicopter has shown a confirmed tornado on the ground in the area of Eudora- DeSoto-KS----


NWS Tornado Warning just issued NW Johnson- SW Wyandotte Co KS in the Metro!!

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BREAKING NEWS: 2-Alarm House Fire In Lawrence-KS



The initial alarm came in at 7:41pm- fire showing in a house at 12th Street & New York Avenue.


A 2nd-alarm was sounded minutes later- fire's reported coming out of a 2nd-floor window of the live-in structure.

A severe thunderstorm is currently over the City of Lawrence as well...
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KANSAS CITY Metro WEATHER: Excessive Rainfall Likely- Tornado Watch Continues



The following graphic- from the NWS' Hydro Prediction Center (HPC)- shows Kansas City and surrounding areas bulls-eyed for a high risk of excessive and flooding rains overnight.


As much as 4-5-inches of rain could fall in some areas where thunderstorms continue to track over the same areas.

Tornado Watch No. 514 continues through 10pm tonight- and this watch well may be extended later than that.

Keep tuned & keep safe!
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KANSAS CITY MetroRegion WEATHER: Latest Radar - Warnings




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Manhattan - Chapman-KS Tornado Info



Only the 1 injury reported in Chapman- but none yet from Manhattan.


The NWS corrected the earlier Manhattan-KS tornado storm report time to 11pm Wednesday.

According to KTKA-49 in Topeka- a roof was torn from a structure at K-State University and at least one business destroyed- as stated in this link to their story. Photos of the scene are of a car dealership in Manhattan.
Photos courtesy of news affiliate KTKA-49.

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Tornado Outbreak Continues - Salina - Manhattan-KS Struck



Still attempting to reach K-State by phone after a reported tornado strike in Manhattan and the Kansas State University (KSU) campus.


No report on structure damage nor injuries yet.

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
1228 AM CDT THU JUN 12 2008

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..

1000 PM TORNADO MANHATTAN 39.18N 96.57W
06/11/2008 RILEY KS EMERGENCY MNGR

SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO BUSINESSES AND KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY REPORTED.


Earlier- a tornado reportedly did damage on the south side of Salina-KS but no reports of injuries.

This after 4 were reported killed with around 40 injuried at a Scout camp northeast of Little Souix-IA around 7pm CDT Wednesday evening.


Here's a radar image from NWS/Plasanthill-KC-MO ...


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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

K.C. MetroRegion BREAKING WEATHER: Tornado Threatens- Strikes Manhattan-KS


From the NWS-Topeka at 10:54pm:

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1130 PM CDT FOR WESTERN POTTAWATOMIE AND EASTERN RILEY COUNTIES...

AT 1051 PM CDT...DOPPLER RADAR AND TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTERS WERE TRACKING A TORNADO NEAR THE MANHATTAN AIRPORT...JUST SOUTHWEST OF MANHATTAN...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

MANHATTAN...TUTTLE CREEK LAKE...TUTTLE CREEK STATE PARK WERE DIRECTLY IN THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO. IF YOU LIVE IN MANHATTAN OR NEARBY...MOVE TO SHELTER NOW!


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AT 1101 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR AND STORM SPOTTERS WERE TRACKING A LARGE TORNADO.

THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED IN MANHATTAN...DOING DAMAGE AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 31 MPH.


LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...MANHATTAN AND TUTTLE CREEK STATE PARK ARE DIRECTLY IN THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO.
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PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
1104 PM CDT WED JUN 11 2008

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... REMARKS..

1103 PM TORNADO MANHATTAN 39.18N 96.57W
06/11/2008 RILEY KS BROADCAST MEDIA

TORNADO OCCURRING IN MANHATTAN VIA CHANNEL 49 LIVE BROADCAST OF TORNADO.



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KANSAS CITY MetroRegion WEATHER: Tornado Watch No. 512 Now In Effect - Parts Of Metro K.C. Included



In a nutshell- here's an image of the counties included - Platte Co-MO & Leavenworth Co-KS in the Metro- and the current radar image from NWS-Topeka.



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Link To Live TV Coverage Of Tornado At Little Souix Boy Scout Camp Near Omaha



Click on the following link to KETV-7 coverage of the tornado

http://mfile.akamai.com/12910/live/reflector:45906.asx

There's tornado coverage as well as on-going severe weather & flooding concerns in the northern Central States region around Omaha-NE - Council Bluffs-IA.
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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Tornado At Boy Scout Camp Near Omaha-NE

This story from news affilate KETV-7 in Omaha-NE...

"OMAHA, Neb. -8:37pm- Four people are dead after a tornado touched down at a Boy Scout camp in western Iowa, and as many as 40 people have been injured.

It hit the Little Sioux Scout Camp, just north of Council Bluffs, at about 7 p.m. Courtney Greene, the spokeswoman for Iowa Gov. Chet Culver, said that authorities have been told of multiple injuries and the potential loss of life. A search and rescue team from Sioux City has been sent to the area.

Parents with children at the camp can call 402-431-9272 for more information. About 100 campers were said to be at the camp when the weather hit. Authorities said the scene is chaotic and asked residents and parents to stay away from the camp and allow rescuers to work.

Hospitals in the Little Sioux area have been told to be on stand-by for injured patients.

Greene said that a large number of state troopers are on scene and that a search and rescue team has been dispatched to the area from Sioux City. She saikd she doesn't know why they are needed, just that local officials asked for the team.

DOT crews have been sent to the area with chain saws to help clear a path for rescuers. The tornado, which was reported at about 7 p.m., downed a large number of trees.

Elsewhere, the Omaha metro was receiving heavy rain and areas of the metro were under tornado warnings. Reports of funnels were called in from near Mead and Wahoo in Saunders County.

An emergency manager from Crawford County, Iowa, confirmed that a tornado touched down 7 miles south of Charter Oak at Q Avenue.

Damage reports were coming in from Elkhorn near Skyline Drive and West Dodge Road."

CENTRAL STATES BREAKING NEWS: Tornado Fatalities Reported At Boy Scout Camp Near Omaha-NE



KETV -7 in Omaha is reporting a tornado has struck "the Little Souix Scout Ranch" north of Omaha.


Four dead and at least 3 dozen injured have been reported. The camp is reportedly operated by the Boy Scouts of America.

Visible Satellite & NWS_Topeka Radar Images (Click To Enlarge)

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TV News Helicopter Video Shows Iowa Flooding



Actually- the following URL- TV news chopper video from an Iowa station- shows the Coralville reservoir in Iowa overflowing all of it's outlets and emergency overflow spillway.


Copy & paste this heli video URL (it's kind of long- and mute it) to your Win Media Player-
http://mfile.akamai.com/12910/wmv/vod.ibsys.com/2008/0611/16573993.200k.asx - or visit this website for more Iowa flood videos- plus the confirmation of the 2 tornadoes that struck northwest Omaha Metro earlier this week.


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Kansas City MetroRegion Weather: Chance Of Severe Storms Through At Least Early Friday



The entire Kansas City MetroRegion is in a risk area for possible severe thunderstorms and all their nasty weather through at least Friday morning- if you'll refer to the images of those forecasts enclosed (click for full size).


The Day-3 outlook for all day Friday includes those areas generally southeast of K.C.- around the Quad Lakes area.

With the increased severe threat comes a heightened threat for flash flooding and more general river flooding.

The Missouri is already running high- as illustrated by these photos taken near the I-435-East bridge near Randolph.

Look for hopefully some spectacular skies- as seen yesterday at sunset here in the Kosmic City.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

UFO Over Kansas City - YOU Make The Call



We had been over at Loose Park Monday evening- so we decided to take a photo of the Meyer Circle fountain on Ward Parkway.


It wasn't until we got home and uploaded our pix to the 'puter when we discovered the strange shaped object in about the 2-o'clock position in the photo.

We've looked at this object every which way- enlarged it and so on- and it STILL looks like George Jetson's space car!

This would have roughly been above Mission and/or Roeland Park- judging from the position of the object.

And no- this isn't a fake! What do YOU think this object is?
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Putting Up With Johnson County-Kansas' Shit



On top of lack of monitary support for publiic transit & the million/billionaires pro sports facilities in this burg-JoCo-KS threatens to further secede from Metro K.C..

Actually- JoCo-KS piles more shit on Missourians than we could fathom- to the tune of "6-billion gallons" yearly for their wastewater- according to Monday's KANSAS CITY STAR.

A whole "three-quarters" of all JoCo's crap gets treated by KC-MO wastewater treatment facilities and now with KC-MO having to re-do it's sewer system- they are balking at paying any possible SIGNIFICANT rate increase KC-MO decides to stick them for.

Yet another case of "Let Missouri pay for it all!".

I say let them treat their OWN crap! Let them built THEIR OWN wastewater facility or- better yet- expand that Leawood Indian/Tomahawk Creek facility right down the hill from their fancy Hallbrook development!

Those folks can more afford to hang Glade air fresheners all around their uphill properties than us poor KC-MO residents can afford to pay to take anymore of JoCo-KS's shit!
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Sunday, June 08, 2008

BREAKING WEATHER: Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Jackson - Platte - Clay Counties Missouri



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BREAKING WEATHER: Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Johnson - Wyandotte - Leavenworth Counties Kansas



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BREAKING WEATHER: Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Douglas - Franklin - Osage Counties Kansas



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BREAKING WEATHER: New Severe Thuunderstom Watch Includes South Through East K.C. MetroRegion




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BREAKING WEATHER: Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Leavenworth - Atchison Counties Kansas - Platte County Missouri




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BREAKING WEATHER: Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Shawnee - Jackson - Jefferson Counties Kansas - Radar Image



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BREAKING WEATHER: Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Atchison County KS - Radar Image


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Latest Visible Satellite - NWS-EAX Radar Image



Here are those images- click on ALL images here at CSW for full resolution.


Note the severe thunderstorm warning on the radar image for Nemaha County-KS- closest warning/severe weather to us at this time....
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K.C. Metro - MetroRegion WEATHER: Flash-Flood - Severe Thunderstorm Watch No. 489 Now In Effect



In addition to a threat of flooding rainfalls- covered in the MetroRegion by a Flash-Flood Watch- the NWS-SPC has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch that will cover most of the K.C. Metro and areas north & west until 8pm this Sunday evening (see/click on image for precise county coverage).


Scattered showers keep trying to form over the northwest & north Metro- but the cool front and organized activity remains in a broken line from Nemaha to Kingman counties in Kansas.

Showers and thunderstorms will become more widespread through the evening and overnight. Heavy rains on nearly-saturated soils will help produce flash-flooding which may affect the Metro's Monday morning drive-time.

Updates here at CSW as needed....
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BREAKING NEWS: NWS Reports Damage From A Tornado In Omaha-NE



The NWS is reporting part of the roof of a Wal-Mart taken off and a home damaged with it's occupants trapped in the west part of Omaha.


The city is under a tornado warning.

More info as it's received....

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(Image during the storm from an outside camera - Courtesy of Action News3 in Omaha)


UPDATE - 0500CDT - High winds and a possible tornado caused scattered damage across the Omaha Metro area early Sunday morning.

Millard-NE police report "trees down and homes damaged" by "a possible tornado" there around 2:30am.

Action News3 in Omaha reports other damage in and around Omaha- as well as the fact more than 10000 customers have no electricity.

Action News3 reports no injuries- as well as people complaining outdoor warning sirens didn't wake them up.

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Serious flooding is reported this morning in north-central Iowa in the Iowa Falls region. Rainfalls of more than a half-foot have been reported in many areas since the storms began Saturday.

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