At approximately 7:30p.m.the National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Jackson County, Missouri. As the storm approached Lee’s Summit the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning for the Jackson County, Lee’s Summit area for radar indicated rotation over Grandview, Missouri. There were no reports of spotter indicated rotation or a funnel approaching the city. In addition to the warning messages sent by the National Weather Service, the Lee’s Summit Fire Department sent out a Tornado Warning message on the Nixle alert system and Emergency Radio System, but did not activate the outdoor storm warning sirens. According to the National Weather Service there was no radar indicated rotation or trained weather spotter reports of rotation as the storm passed over Lee’s Summit.
As the storm moved through Lee’s Summit; high winds, rain and hail impacted the central portion of the city causing minor damage to buildings, knocking down trees and powerlines. The heaviest damage occurred in the area of Olive Street and Chipman Road. The office building of Boise Cascade Building Materials at 221 NW Chipman Road was destroyed and the lumber yard damaged. Approximately nineteen other homes and businesses in the four to six block area sustained various amount of damage from wind and debris. Fallen trees also knocked down powerlines to the area. There were no reports of injuries. All of the buildings in the area remained occupied with the exception of the Boise Cascade facility. The National Weather Service has been contacted to survey the damage.
Following the storm, KCP&L reported approximately 26,000 customers were without power. Crews were trying to get to as many areas as they could to restore service. Residents are reminded to avoid downed or low hanging power lines and to assume they are energized. If you encounter this hazard, call 911.
Citizens are reminded to have at least two methods of severe weather notification and to stay alert for rapidly changing weather conditions. For more information on how to prepare for severe weather and weather safety tips go to: http://www.weather.gov/eax/SevereWeatherAware2017; http://stormaware.mo.gov/; http://www.preparemetrokc.org/.
Residents with questions or concerns, may contact the City of Lee’s Summit at (816) 969-1300, or visit the website at cityofls.net.