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The chance of earthquake damage in Kansas City is higher than Missouri average and is lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Kansas City is much higher than Missouri average and is much higher than the national average.

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Earthquake Index, #158

Kansas City, MO
1.00
Missouri
0.70
U.S.
1.81

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #1

Kansas City, MO
0.0000
Missouri
0.0000
U.S.
0.0023

The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.

Tornado Index, #25

Kansas City, MO
346.72
Missouri
214.01
U.S.
136.45

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 6,707 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Kansas City, MO were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:5Cold:23Dense Fog:11Drought:9
Dust Storm:0Flood:638Hail:3,246Heat:51Heavy Snow:37
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:32Landslide:0Strong Wind:28
Thunderstorm Winds:2,350Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:82Winter Weather:26
Other:169 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Kansas City, MO.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Kansas City, MO.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Kansas City, MO.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 131 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Kansas City, MO.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
3.21957-06-22239°00'N / 94°35'W39°15'N / 94°24'W19.80 Miles10 Yards000K0Jackson
6.21969-06-26339°11'N / 94°38'W39°13'N / 94°36'W1.90 Miles100 Yards0225K0Platte
6.32008-05-02239°13'N / 94°34'W39°13'N / 94°33'W1.00 Mile75 Yards0010.0M0KClay
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An EF2 tornado developed along a bow echo and touched down at 1:03 am in Gladstone. It then traveled northeast and dissipated at 1:08 am. Numerous homes and businesses suffered damage or total loss. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An early morning line of storms developed across south central Kansas. This line of storms, developed into a Bow Echo, which raced northeast at speeds in excess of 50 mph, into the greater Kansas City metropolitan area and surrounding communities, early on the morning of May 2, 2008. The Bow Echo generated hurricane force winds, which brought widespread wind damage, to areas from Olathe Kansas, northeast through Kansas City, to Brookfield in north central Missouri. As the Bow Echo moved through Kansas City, it spun up a couple of tornadoes along the apex, or nose, of its leading edge. One EF3 tornado moved across the north side of Gladstone, while the other EF2 tornado moved through an area just northwest of Liberty. However, most of the damage was due to the strong straight line winds, that were also occurring along the apex of the Bow Echo. Gladstone reported 20 homes destroyed, 280 homes with damage, and 19 businesses damaged. North Kansas City had 4 homes destroyed, and 117 damaged. Independence had 13 homes and two businesses badly damaged. Six people were injured and damage was in the millions of dollars.
7.31966-05-15239°09'N / 94°41'W2.50 Miles33 Yards0525K0Wyandotte
7.42003-05-04439°12'N / 94°42'W39°12'N / 94°36'W5.00 Miles500 Yards0032.0M0Platte
 Brief Description: Tornado crossed from Wyandotte county into Platte county and continued to Clay county. There were 14 buildings destroyed, 42 with major damage. No injuries or fatalaties reported. A dry line moved into eastern Kansas on the afternoon of May 4th. Severe thunderstorms quickly erupted in the mid afternoon hours and marched east northeast into Missouri. Several of the severe thunderstorms became tornadic. A supercell thunderstorm produced 4 seperate tornadoes over the northland of Kansas City. The strongest tornadoes reached F4 in intensity and moved over southern portions of Platte and Clay counties. In Platte county 14 buildings were destroyed, 43 suffered major damage and 149 had minor damage. There were no fatalities or injuries and total damage was estimated at $33.95 million dollars. In Clay county total damages were estimated at $91 million dollars. Several hundred homes were either destroyed or had major or minor damage. No fatalities were observed but there were 19 injuries. This was the most significant tornado outbeak in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, since the Pleasant Hill Missouri outbreak in 1977.
8.52003-05-04439°14'N / 94°30'W39°15'N / 94°30'W1.00 Mile500 Yards0050K0Clay
 Brief Description: Tornado moved in from Platte county and dissipated just before 169 highway south of I-29. A dry line moved into eastern Kansas on the afternoon of May 4th. Severe thunderstorms quickly erupted in the mid afternoon hours and marched east northeast into Missouri. Several of the severe thunderstorms became tornadic. A supercell thunderstorm produced 4 seperate tornadoes over the northland of Kansas City. The strongest tornadoes reached F4 in intensity and moved over southern portions of Platte and Clay counties. In Platte county 14 buildings were destroyed, 43 suffered major damage and 149 had minor damage. There were no fatalities or injuries and total damage was estimated at $33.95 million dollars. In Clay county total damages were estimated at $91 million dollars. Several hundred homes were either destroyed or had major or minor damage. No fatalities were observed but there were 19 injuries. This was the most significant tornado outbeak in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, since the Pleasant Hill Missouri outbreak in 1977.
8.52003-05-04439°14'N / 94°29'W39°14'N / 94°28'W5.00 Miles200 Yards01331.0M0Clay
 Brief Description: New tornado touchdown near Shady Lane and Antioch in Gladstone...with F0 to F1 damage to trees and roofs. The tornado intensified quickly, and damage of marginal F4 intensity was noted around one mile northeast of this area, near the intersection of NE 63rd Terrace and North Jackson. Another small area of marginal F4 intensity was noted just northeast of this location, in the Carriage Hills subdivision, just south of Pleasant Valley Road near North Brighton. Areas of F1 to F3 intensity damage was noted around these specific neighborhoods. The tornado continued northeast, based on air surveys, to just shy of Interstate 435 before dissipating. A dry line moved into eastern Kansas on the afternoon of May 4th. Severe thunderstorms quickly erupted in the mid afternoon hours and marched east northeast into Missouri. Several of the severe thunderstorms became tornadic. A supercell thunderstorm produced 4 seperate tornadoes over the northland of Kansas City. The strongest tornadoes reached F4 in intensity and moved over southern portions of Platte and Clay counties. In Platte county 14 buildings were destroyed, 43 suffered major damage and 149 had minor damage. There were no fatalities or injuries and total damage was estimated at $33.95 million dollars. In Clay county total damages were estimated at $91 million dollars. Several hundred homes were either destroyed or had major or minor damage. No fatalities were observed but there were 19 injuries. This was the most significant tornado outbeak in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, since the Pleasant Hill Missouri outbreak in 1977.
9.21969-06-26339°13'N / 94°36'W39°18'N / 94°29'W8.20 Miles100 Yards0325K0Clay
9.71961-05-07439°14'N / 94°43'W39°16'N / 94°33'W9.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Platte
10.82003-05-04439°04'N / 94°50'W39°08'N / 94°40'W15.00 Miles500 Yards23015.5M0Wyandotte
 Brief Description: Tornado touched down just north-northwest of the Kansas Speedway around 318 pm CST. This tornado initially produced F0 to F1 damage, but produced F3 damage to 2 homes, just south of Parallel Parkway near I-435. The tornado grew to a width to near 500 yards in Kansas City, Kansas, where some marginal F4 damage was noted around 91st and Leavenworth Road. The tornado continued some F2 to F3 damage northeast near 84th Terrace north of Leavenworth Road. This is the location where an 82 year old man was killed in his residence. The tornado continued northeast through Wyandotte county, where another instance of marginal F4 damage was noted near 79th Street and Cernech. Considerable structural damage was noted in this location, along with four 150 foot-tall metal power poles engineered to withstand maximum winds over 200 mph. The tornado produced F1 to F2 damage up to the Missouri River before crossing into Platte county Missouri, near Riverside and Parkville around 335 pm CST. M82PH, F46PH A dry line moved into eastern Kansas and initiated severe thunderstorm development the afternoon of May 4th. Several of the thunderstorms became tornadic in Miami, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties. The strongest tornado reached F4 intensity in Kansas City Kansas before moving into Missouri. This tornado killed an 82 year old man and injured 30 others. Wyandotte county also had $15.5 million dollars in damage, with 69 buildings destroyed, and 390 suffering damage. Leavenworth county had 9 homes destroyed, 8 with major damage and 17 with minor damage. Damage estimates for Leavenworth county are around $4 million dollars. This was the most significant tornado outbreak in the Kansas City Metropolitan areas, since the Pleasant Hill tornado outbreak of 1977. A 46 year old woman died from injuries received with this tornado on October 10th, 2003.
10.91969-06-26239°14'N / 94°42'W0.50 Mile100 Yards00250K0Platte
11.01961-05-07439°16'N / 94°33'W39°17'N / 94°25'W6.90 Miles50 Yards00250K0Platte
12.22008-05-02339°17'N / 94°29'W39°18'N / 94°28'W1.00 Mile75 Yards004.0M0KClay
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A brief EF3 tornado developed along the apex of a bow echo, and touched down northwest of Liberty at 12:56 am CST. The tornado tracked east-northeast for nearly one mile before dissipating at 1:00 am. Four homes were destroyed and 117 suffered damage. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An early morning line of storms developed across south central Kansas. This line of storms, developed into a Bow Echo, which raced northeast at speeds in excess of 50 mph, into the greater Kansas City metropolitan area and surrounding communities, early on the morning of May 2, 2008. The Bow Echo generated hurricane force winds, which brought widespread wind damage, to areas from Olathe Kansas, northeast through Kansas City, to Brookfield in north central Missouri. As the Bow Echo moved through Kansas City, it spun up a couple of tornadoes along the apex, or nose, of its leading edge. One EF3 tornado moved across the north side of Gladstone, while the other EF2 tornado moved through an area just northwest of Liberty. However, most of the damage was due to the strong straight line winds, that were also occurring along the apex of the Bow Echo. Gladstone reported 20 homes destroyed, 280 homes with damage, and 19 businesses damaged. North Kansas City had 4 homes destroyed, and 117 damaged. Independence had 13 homes and two businesses badly damaged. Six people were injured and damage was in the millions of dollars.
12.31961-05-07439°13'N / 94°46'W39°14'N / 94°43'W2.70 Miles50 Yards00250K0Platte
13.31961-05-07439°11'N / 94°48'W39°12'N / 94°46'W1.30 Miles150 Yards002.5M0Wyandotte
13.51957-05-20538°53'N / 94°36'W38°59'N / 94°24'W12.60 Miles440 Yards371762.5M0Jackson
14.32003-05-04239°15'N / 94°26'W39°18'N / 94°18'W8.50 Miles300 Yards0060.0M0Clay
 Brief Description: Tornado reported on the ground near Missouri Route 291, south of Missouri Route 152, it produced spotty damage northeast to downtown Liberty. Substantial damage was noted near the square in Libery, and to William Jewel College. The tornado tracked east along Missouri Route H into rural portions of Clay county before dissipating. Maximum intensity damage noted in the area was F2, based on surveys and input from local emergency management. A dry line moved into eastern Kansas on the afternoon of May 4th. Severe thunderstorms quickly erupted in the mid afternoon hours and marched east northeast into Missouri. Several of the severe thunderstorms became tornadic. A supercell thunderstorm produced 4 seperate tornadoes over the northland of Kansas City. The strongest tornadoes reached F4 in intensity and moved over southern portions of Platte and Clay counties. In Platte county 14 buildings were destroyed, 43 suffered major damage and 149 had minor damage. There were no fatalities or injuries and total damage was estimated at $33.95 million dollars. In Clay county total damages were estimated at $91 million dollars. Several hundred homes were either destroyed or had major or minor damage. No fatalities were observed but there were 19 injuries. This was the most significant tornado outbeak in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, since the Pleasant Hill Missouri outbreak in 1977.
14.51973-05-07239°18'N / 94°24'W0.50 Mile20 Yards0025K0Clay
15.11952-05-22439°02'N / 94°55'W39°04'N / 94°43'W10.90 Miles440 Yards01250K0Johnson
15.41961-05-07439°12'N / 94°51'W39°11'N / 94°48'W2.70 Miles150 Yards0122.5M0Wyandotte
15.51977-05-04439°13'N / 94°18'W39°14'N / 94°17'W003K0Jackson
15.61965-05-26238°58'N / 94°21'W39°01'N / 94°17'W4.90 Miles500 Yards04250K0Jackson
16.01966-04-19338°55'N / 94°48'W38°58'N / 94°40'W7.70 Miles150 Yards042.5M0Johnson
17.51961-05-07439°11'N / 94°53'W39°12'N / 94°51'W1.30 Miles150 Yards002.5M0Wyandotte
18.01965-09-20238°54'N / 94°23'W1.50 Miles30 Yards00250K0Jackson
18.41967-01-24339°06'N / 94°15'W39°10'N / 94°10'W6.20 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Jackson
18.61977-05-04238°53'N / 94°48'W38°54'N / 94°39'W7.80 Miles70 Yards00250K0Johnson
18.91954-05-31238°53'N / 94°43'W2.00 Miles33 Yards0025K0Johnson
19.11979-04-11239°15'N / 94°26'W39°27'N / 94°15'W16.80 Miles100 Yards09250K0Clay
19.41961-05-07439°10'N / 94°56'W39°11'N / 94°53'W2.30 Miles150 Yards002.5M0Leavenworth
19.61952-06-21239°08'N / 95°09'W39°08'N / 94°41'W24.90 Miles33 Yards0025K0Leavenworth
20.61956-06-18239°15'N / 94°54'W0.80 Mile27 Yards003K0Leavenworth
21.11977-05-04439°14'N / 94°17'W39°19'N / 94°08'W9.70 Miles400 Yards052.5M0Clay
21.61952-05-22238°54'N / 94°16'W38°56'N / 94°14'W1.30 Miles440 Yards01250K0Jackson
22.91964-04-12339°18'N / 94°53'W39°23'N / 94°52'W5.60 Miles17 Yards0025K0Platte
23.31955-03-14239°18'N / 94°13'W39°20'N / 94°10'W3.30 Miles250 Yards0025K0Clay
23.41966-06-08239°14'N / 95°02'W39°16'N / 94°53'W8.20 Miles33 Yards0025K0Leavenworth
23.51964-04-12339°14'N / 95°01'W39°18'N / 94°53'W8.40 Miles440 Yards1222.5M0Leavenworth
24.41967-01-24339°10'N / 94°10'W39°15'N / 94°03'W8.30 Miles200 Yards2182.5M0Ray
24.52003-05-04239°01'N / 95°04'W39°06'N / 94°56'W6.00 Miles250 Yards024.0M0Leavenworth
 Brief Description: Tornado on the ground 2 miles northwest of Linwood at County Road 25 and Interstate 70. Reported by emergency management and ham radio operator. Video shows the tornado crossed the Kansas Turnpike east of the Eastern Toll Booth, and then proceeded northeast to where it lifted 2 miles south of Basehor. Total track length was 6 miles, with a width approaching 250 yards at times. Maxium intensity rating was F2, with most damage noted to homes near and just northeast of the intersection of 166th and Kansas Road. A dry line moved into eastern Kansas and initiated severe thunderstorm development the afternoon of May 4th. Several of the thunderstorms became tornadic in Miami, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties. The strongest tornado reached F4 intensity in Kansas City Kansas before moving into Missouri. This tornado killed an 82 year old man and injured 30 others. Wyandotte county also had $15.5 million dollars in damage, with 69 buildings destroyed, and 390 suffering damage. Leavenworth county had 9 homes destroyed, 8 with major damage and 17 with minor damage. Damage estimates for Leavenworth county are around $4 million dollars. This was the most significant tornado outbreak in the Kansas City Metropolitan areas, since the Pleasant Hill tornado outbreak of 1977. A 46 year old woman died from injuries received with this tornado on October 10th, 2003.
25.21962-05-27239°14'N / 95°00'W003K0Leavenworth
25.31966-06-08439°10'N / 95°11'W39°16'N / 94°50'W19.90 Miles200 Yards12250K0Leavenworth
25.81964-04-12338°50'N / 94°14'W38°52'N / 94°13'W1.30 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Jackson
25.91957-05-20239°12'N / 94°12'W39°17'N / 93°59'W12.80 Miles33 Yards0025K0Jackson
26.11958-11-17239°11'N / 95°02'W003K0Leavenworth
26.41980-05-31238°58'N / 95°02'W38°58'N / 94°58'W3.30 Miles33 Yards01250K0Johnson
26.51964-04-12338°52'N / 94°13'W38°54'N / 94°07'W5.40 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Jackson
26.61969-07-09238°58'N / 95°03'W38°59'N / 94°58'W4.30 Miles33 Yards02250K0Johnson
27.01952-05-22439°02'N / 95°10'W39°02'N / 94°55'W13.30 Miles440 Yards00250K0Leavenworth
27.31977-05-04439°19'N / 94°08'W39°21'N / 94°06'W2.30 Miles300 Yards0025K0Ray
27.41964-04-12338°46'N / 94°17'W38°50'N / 94°14'W5.20 Miles100 Yards1102.5M0Cass
27.61977-05-04338°48'N / 95°03'W38°55'N / 94°49'W14.70 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Johnson
28.11967-01-24239°27'N / 94°14'W2.50 Miles50 Yards0025K0Clinton
28.32004-05-29339°28'N / 94°48'W39°30'N / 94°49'W2.00 Miles400 Yards0030K0Platte
 Brief Description: Tornado crossed into Buchanan county 5 northwest of Camden Point. Tornado destroyed a barn, and threw an axle from a heavy truck nearly 300 yards.
28.41972-04-30238°45'N / 94°46'W00250K0Johnson
28.51957-05-20538°40'N / 95°04'W38°53'N / 94°36'W29.10 Miles440 Yards4202.5M0Miami
29.21971-05-18239°24'N / 94°57'W39°32'N / 94°48'W12.10 Miles50 Yards0425K0Platte
29.31964-04-12338°42'N / 94°24'W38°46'N / 94°17'W7.60 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Cass
29.51979-04-11239°27'N / 94°15'W39°30'N / 94°13'W3.30 Miles100 Yards000K0Clinton
29.61951-07-08239°13'N / 94°01'W39°15'N / 94°01'W2.30 Miles100 Yards0025K0Ray
29.71980-05-31238°58'N / 95°06'W38°58'N / 95°02'W3.30 Miles33 Yards00250K0Douglas
30.41969-07-09238°57'N / 95°06'W38°58'N / 95°03'W2.70 Miles33 Yards02250K0Douglas
30.41961-07-22238°50'N / 94°08'W38°51'N / 94°06'W1.30 Miles133 Yards0025K0Jackson
30.61971-05-18239°21'N / 95°06'W39°24'N / 94°57'W8.50 Miles100 Yards0025K0Leavenworth
31.41960-05-19339°13'N / 95°13'W39°19'N / 95°00'W13.30 Miles33 Yards010K0Jefferson
31.71971-05-18239°32'N / 94°48'W39°34'N / 94°45'W3.60 Miles50 Yards0225K0Buchanan
31.71960-04-15338°38'N / 94°37'W38°42'N / 94°32'W6.10 Miles500 Yards0025K0Cass
31.91964-04-20238°42'N / 94°47'W003K0Miami
32.01958-07-17239°20'N / 94°01'W2.00 Miles33 Yards00250K0Ray
32.71960-12-04239°15'N / 94°03'W39°23'N / 93°56'W11.00 Miles17 Yards0025K0Ray
33.01968-05-15338°40'N / 94°37'W38°38'N / 94°36'W000K0Cass
33.11968-05-15338°38'N / 94°39'W38°40'N / 94°36'W2.70 Miles33 Yards0025K0Miami
33.11961-05-07239°18'N / 94°03'W39°20'N / 93°55'W7.30 Miles50 Yards0025K0Ray
33.32004-05-29339°31'N / 94°50'W39°34'N / 94°54'W5.00 Miles400 Yards0000Buchanan
 Brief Description: Large tornado entered Buchanan county just northwest of Dearborn or 7 miles southeast of Dekalb. It stayed over rural areas.
34.51968-05-15238°50'N / 94°03'W38°53'N / 93°58'W5.20 Miles200 Yards02250K0Johnson
34.61971-05-18239°34'N / 94°45'W39°40'N / 94°36'W10.40 Miles50 Yards0025K0Buchanan
34.81965-04-10339°29'N / 95°00'W39°32'N / 94°57'W4.50 Miles200 Yards09250K0Platte
35.11977-05-04338°28'N / 94°31'W38°48'N / 94°15'W27.10 Miles500 Yards21525.0M0Cass
35.61952-05-22438°59'N / 95°13'W39°00'N / 95°10'W2.70 Miles440 Yards02250K0Douglas
35.91965-04-10339°25'N / 95°07'W39°28'N / 95°03'W4.70 Miles200 Yards0025K0Leavenworth
36.01960-04-15338°35'N / 94°39'W38°38'N / 94°37'W2.30 Miles440 Yards02250K0Miami
36.51965-04-10339°32'N / 94°57'W39°40'N / 94°45'W14.00 Miles200 Yards02250K0Buchanan
36.91961-05-07239°20'N / 93°55'W39°20'N / 93°55'W0225K0Ray
37.01981-06-19338°58'N / 95°16'W38°55'N / 95°08'W7.70 Miles200 Yards13325.0M0Douglas
38.11954-03-24238°44'N / 95°03'W003K0Franklin
38.22003-05-08238°58'N / 95°14'W38°58'N / 95°14'W0.70 Mile250 Yards066.4M0Douglas
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down in the southwest part of Lawrence and did considerable damage to the area. An apartment complex suffered major damage as did several other homes and residences in the area. Six people were injured and treated at a Lawrence hospital. Severe weather erupted over a large part of the area during the afternoon and evening hours of the 8th. Numerous reports of large hail and a few reports of strong winds were received. In addition 12 tornadoes were reported (discussed separately), some doing considerable damage. Four funnel clouds were also sighted. May 8, 2003, was estimated to be the most significant and widespread tornado outbreak in northeast Kansas since April 26, 1991. All meteorological severe weather forecast parameters came together over northeast Kansas on the afternoon of May 8 to produce an SPC "high risk" area of potential severe weather. The possibility of strong, long-lived destructive tornadoes was highlighted for nearly 24 hours in advance in nearly every NWS statement and product. The significant and widespread tornado outbreak in the nearby Kansas City area just four days before increased public weather awareness and concern, and together with timely watches, statements and warnings, helped prevent tornado related deaths and minimized storm injuries.
38.21960-12-04239°23'N / 93°56'W39°24'N / 93°55'W0025K0Ray
38.91977-05-04439°19'N / 94°00'W39°21'N / 93°45'W13.40 Miles880 Yards012.5M0Ray
39.21956-07-02238°48'N / 95°11'W38°48'N / 95°07'W3.00 Miles33 Yards000K0Franklin
39.41957-06-11238°52'N / 95°14'W38°54'N / 95°12'W1.90 Miles33 Yards000K0Douglas
39.71978-05-11238°37'N / 94°59'W38°36'N / 94°46'W11.50 Miles100 Yards012.5M0Miami
40.01955-03-14339°39'N / 94°15'W39°39'N / 94°13'W00250K0Clinton
40.31971-05-18239°40'N / 94°36'W39°45'N / 94°28'W9.00 Miles50 Yards0025K0Clinton
40.41967-01-24239°36'N / 94°56'W39°41'N / 94°53'W6.10 Miles100 Yards00250K0Buchanan
41.51969-04-04238°43'N / 93°59'W0.30 Mile150 Yards01250K0Johnson
41.82003-05-04238°35'N / 94°13'W38°36'N / 94°09'W4.00 Miles100 Yards00200K0Cass
 Brief Description: Tornado briefly touched down at Highway 7 and County Road Z interchange. No damage and was reported by storm chaser. Tornado touched back down just north of the interchange, and then continued intermittently for 4 miles to the Johnson county line around Latour, near the inersection of Routes 2 and 131. A dry line moved into eastern Kansas on the afternoon of May 4th. Severe thunderstorms quickly erupted in the mid afternoon hours and marched east northeast into Missouri. Several of the severe thunderstorms became tornadic. A supercell thunderstorm produced 4 seperate tornadoes over the northland of Kansas City. The strongest tornadoes reached F4 in intensity and moved over southern portions of Platte and Clay counties. In Platte county 14 buildings were destroyed, 43 suffered major damage and 149 had minor damage. There were no fatalities or injuries and total damage was estimated at $33.95 million dollars. In Clay county total damages were estimated at $91 million dollars. Several hundred homes were either destroyed or had major or minor damage. No fatalities were observed but there were 19 injuries. This was the most significant tornado outbeak in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, since the Pleasant Hill Missouri outbreak in 1977.
41.81977-05-04338°48'N / 95°22'W38°48'N / 95°03'W16.90 Miles300 Yards012.5M0Douglas
41.91955-03-14339°39'N / 94°13'W39°39'N / 94°06'W5.70 Miles250 Yards01250K0Caldwell
42.01960-05-19339°14'N / 95°26'W39°13'N / 95°13'W11.50 Miles33 Yards010K0Jefferson
42.71977-05-04238°27'N / 94°48'W38°36'N / 94°41'W11.90 Miles50 Yards00250K0Miami
42.71958-05-31238°44'N / 95°13'W38°47'N / 95°10'W4.30 Miles33 Yards0025K0Franklin
43.51962-08-06338°47'N / 95°15'W38°45'N / 95°11'W4.10 Miles33 Yards00250K0Douglas
43.71969-04-04238°28'N / 94°36'W38°31'N / 94°30'W6.90 Miles100 Yards00250K0Bates
43.91973-04-19239°42'N / 94°12'W1.00 Mile50 Yards003K0Clinton
44.01971-05-18239°45'N / 94°28'W39°46'N / 94°27'W0025K0De Kalb
44.02004-05-29239°43'N / 94°21'W39°46'N / 94°20'W5.00 Miles100 Yards0000De Kalb
 Brief Description: Tornado touched down in open country and traveled 5 miles.
44.11955-05-26238°38'N / 95°47'W39°19'N / 94°55'W66.20 Miles33 Yards00250K0Osage
44.42003-05-04238°38'N / 94°07'W38°44'N / 93°47'W18.00 Miles100 Yards001K0Johnson
 Brief Description: This is the Cass county tornado which entered Johnson county in open country around Latour. Reported by a trained spotter. tornado intermittently touched down for the next 18 miles in mainly open country. A dry line moved into eastern Kansas on the afternoon of May 4th. Severe thunderstorms quickly erupted in the mid afternoon hours and marched east northeast into Missouri. Several of the severe thunderstorms became tornadic. A supercell thunderstorm produced 4 seperate tornadoes over the northland of Kansas City. The strongest tornadoes reached F4 in intensity and moved over southern portions of Platte and Clay counties. In Platte county 14 buildings were destroyed, 43 suffered major damage and 149 had minor damage. There were no fatalities or injuries and total damage was estimated at $33.95 million dollars. In Clay county total damages were estimated at $91 million dollars. Several hundred homes were either destroyed or had major or minor damage. No fatalities were observed but there were 19 injuries. This was the most significant tornado outbeak in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, since the Pleasant Hill Missouri outbreak in 1977.
44.51964-04-12338°45'N / 95°29'W39°12'N / 95°14'W33.80 Miles880 Yards032.5M0Douglas
45.01991-04-26239°26'N / 95°19'W39°37'N / 95°07'W20.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Atchison
45.11962-07-11239°02'N / 95°23'W003K0Douglas
45.21977-05-04339°00'N / 93°55'W39°12'N / 93°30'W26.20 Miles100 Yards152.5M0Lafayette
45.21955-03-14339°39'N / 94°06'W39°40'N / 94°01'W4.10 Miles250 Yards00250K0Caldwell
46.01951-06-08238°53'N / 95°21'W003K0Douglas
46.21955-05-26239°41'N / 94°59'W39°46'N / 94°53'W7.80 Miles220 Yards0125K0Doniphan
46.41958-05-31238°40'N / 95°11'W1.00 Mile60 Yards0025K0Franklin
46.61977-05-04338°26'N / 94°33'W38°28'N / 94°31'W2.70 Miles500 Yards000K0Bates
46.81973-06-16239°46'N / 94°50'W6.00 Miles33 Yards0142.5M0Buchanan
47.01968-05-15238°53'N / 93°46'W38°55'N / 93°41'W4.50 Miles50 Yards0025K0Johnson
47.31991-04-26239°21'N / 95°25'W39°26'N / 95°19'W5.00 Miles27 Yards022.5M0Jefferson
47.51951-05-31239°22'N / 95°24'W39°24'N / 95°21'W3.00 Miles440 Yards003K0Jefferson
47.61969-07-26239°47'N / 94°49'W0.10 Mile20 Yards00250K0Buchanan
48.51960-06-29239°45'N / 94°51'W39°54'N / 94°25'W25.10 Miles100 Yards0025K0Buchanan
48.71969-04-04238°23'N / 94°43'W38°28'N / 94°36'W8.50 Miles200 Yards00250K0Miami
48.81971-05-18239°46'N / 94°27'W39°52'N / 94°16'W11.80 Miles50 Yards0025K0De Kalb
48.92006-04-15239°45'N / 94°29'W39°54'N / 94°20'W13.00 Miles100 Yards0075K0De Kalb
 Brief Description: PSDA indicated a second tornado initially touched down just north of the De Kalb-Clinton County line about 1 mile east of Stewartsville, Missouri along Highway 36, where F1 damage was noted to a destroyed pole barn. The tornado tracked northeast producing F1 damage about a third of a mile north of the intersection of Fairview and Rogers Roads, where a second pole barn was destroyed. The tornado then intensified as it tracked northeast, producing F2 damage to a home near the intersection of Grindstone and Baker Roads. The tornado lifted just north of the intersection of Routes C and 6.
49.31984-04-26339°25'N / 95°25'W39°38'N / 95°13'W16.00 Miles1200 Yards0925.0M0Atchison
49.61965-04-10239°47'N / 94°25'W39°52'N / 94°16'W9.60 Miles50 Yards07250K0De Kalb
49.81982-05-20238°25'N / 94°19'W38°27'N / 94°16'W3.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Bates
49.81968-05-15238°55'N / 93°41'W38°56'N / 93°38'W1.90 Miles50 Yards0025K0Johnson
50.02008-05-02238°58'N / 95°27'W38°57'N / 95°28'W2.00 Miles100 Yards00260K0KDouglas
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado demolished and removed a garage and two-thirds of an unoccupied house from it's foundation just after touching down. Debris from the house and the garage was strewn across a nearby field for approximately 500 yards. A metal outbuilding was destroyed near the end of the tornado path. Between these two points, moderate tree damage was noted. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Thunderstorms developed along a dryline during the late afternoon of May 1st, and sustained as the synoptic cold front dove through the region later that evening. Two tornadoes touched down and caused damage in portions of Osage and Douglas Counties. One residence in Douglas County was almost completely demolished by one of the tornadoes, rated an EF-2. Hail from the size of quarters to the size of golfballs was also reported across portions of northeast and east central Kansas. After 11pm CST, the severe weather threat focus turned to strong winds. Trees were damaged across portions of the warning area, as was property including homes, outbuidings, power poles, and transformers. The Emergency Manager from Osage County reported that property damage estimates were around $100,000. Spotters estimated wind speeds up to 70 mph, and a measured gust of 71 mph was reported by the ASOS at the Lawrence Municipal Airport.


* The information on this page is based on the global volcano database, the U.S. earthquake database of 1638-1985, and the U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database of 1950-2010.


 
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