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

Topics:Earthquake IndexVolcano IndexTornado IndexOther Weather Extremes EventsVolcanos NearbyHistorical Earthquake EventsHistorical Tornado Events

Earthquake Index, #2

Valley Falls, KS
1.02
Kansas
0.05
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

Valley Falls, KS
0.0000
Kansas
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, #41

Valley Falls, KS
345.81
Kansas
252.53
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 6,590 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Valley Falls, KS were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:4Cold:20Dense Fog:11Drought:9
Dust Storm:0Flood:554Hail:3,202Heat:50Heavy Snow:26
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:24Landslide:0Strong Wind:27
Thunderstorm Winds:2,338Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:1Winter Storm:80Winter Weather:26
Other:218 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Valley Falls, KS.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Valley Falls, KS.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Valley Falls, KS.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 131 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Valley Falls, KS.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
3.01974-03-08239°12'N / 95°30'W39°25'N / 95°30'W14.90 Miles220 Yards00250K0Shawnee
5.11984-04-26339°24'N / 95°26'W39°25'N / 95°25'W1.00 Mile1200 Yards0025.0M0Jefferson
5.21967-06-11339°10'N / 95°40'W39°32'N / 95°27'W27.80 Miles33 Yards00250K0Shawnee
5.51951-05-31239°22'N / 95°24'W39°24'N / 95°21'W3.00 Miles440 Yards003K0Jefferson
6.21991-04-26239°21'N / 95°25'W39°26'N / 95°19'W5.00 Miles27 Yards022.5M0Jefferson
7.31956-04-02339°21'N / 95°28'W39°31'N / 95°20'W13.30 Miles500 Yards012.5M0Marion
8.31960-05-19439°13'N / 95°35'W39°14'N / 95°26'W7.90 Miles880 Yards01250K0Jefferson
10.21984-04-26239°14'N / 95°43'W39°21'N / 95°34'W10.00 Miles400 Yards012.5M0Jackson
10.71960-05-19339°14'N / 95°26'W39°13'N / 95°13'W11.50 Miles33 Yards010K0Jefferson
12.21962-08-06239°11'N / 95°34'W000K0Jefferson
12.81962-08-06239°10'N / 95°33'W000K0Jefferson
13.61979-10-18239°30'N / 95°36'W39°34'N / 95°25'W10.60 Miles200 Yards00250K0Atchison
14.11974-03-08239°25'N / 95°30'W39°40'N / 95°30'W17.20 Miles220 Yards00250K0Atchison
14.61993-05-06239°28'N / 95°33'W39°38'N / 95°26'W12.00 Miles500 Yards00500K50KAtchison
 Brief Description: The tornado formed west of Arrington near Highway K116 moved north along the Delware River bottom crossing the river 0.5 miles west of Muscotah, then moved northeast through open country before dissipating five miles west of Huron near the county lake. The Tornado was not on the ground continuously but bounced up and down leaving many areas undamaged. At least four farmsteads sustained significant damage along with many trees and numerous power poles and cable. No injures or deaths were reported.
15.01984-04-26339°25'N / 95°25'W39°38'N / 95°13'W16.00 Miles1200 Yards0925.0M0Atchison
16.01962-08-06439°31'N / 95°47'W39°23'N / 95°40'W11.00 Miles667 Yards03250K0Jackson
17.01966-05-11339°10'N / 95°48'W39°12'N / 95°37'W9.90 Miles660 Yards0025K0Shawnee
17.31961-10-12239°19'N / 95°47'W1.00 Mile33 Yards003K0Jackson
17.41981-07-19239°08'N / 95°39'W0.30 Mile150 Yards09250K0Shawnee
18.21956-04-02338°58'N / 95°57'W39°21'N / 95°28'W37.00 Miles790 Yards012.5M0Marion
18.31991-04-26239°26'N / 95°19'W39°37'N / 95°07'W20.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Atchison
19.01960-05-19439°11'N / 95°57'W39°13'N / 95°35'W19.60 Miles880 Yards1912.5M0Shawnee
19.11960-05-19239°07'N / 95°40'W39°09'N / 95°44'W4.10 Miles33 Yards003K0Shawnee
19.31979-10-18239°20'N / 96°01'W39°30'N / 95°36'W24.90 Miles200 Yards00250K0Jackson
19.51953-06-19239°36'N / 95°36'W000K0Jackson
19.51960-05-19339°13'N / 95°13'W39°19'N / 95°00'W13.30 Miles33 Yards010K0Jefferson
19.91970-11-08239°05'N / 95°38'W1.00 Mile300 Yards0025K0Shawnee
20.11988-11-15239°03'N / 95°41'W39°07'N / 95°36'W5.00 Miles70 Yards0222.5M0Shawnee
20.81980-05-31239°03'N / 95°34'W2.00 Miles220 Yards00250K0Shawnee
21.21967-06-11339°32'N / 95°27'W39°45'N / 95°20'W16.10 Miles33 Yards000K0Atchison
21.21991-04-26239°14'N / 95°52'W39°16'N / 95°49'W7.00 Miles27 Yards003K0Jackson
21.41965-04-10339°25'N / 95°07'W39°28'N / 95°03'W4.70 Miles200 Yards0025K0Leavenworth
21.51950-05-05339°37'N / 95°37'W39°39'N / 95°34'W3.30 Miles440 Yards012250K0Jackson
21.51962-07-11239°02'N / 95°23'W003K0Douglas
22.51982-06-08239°22'N / 95°58'W39°26'N / 95°47'W10.00 Miles200 Yards00250K0Jackson
22.61974-03-08238°58'N / 95°57'W39°12'N / 95°30'W29.00 Miles220 Yards00250K0Shawnee
22.71978-05-31339°22'N / 96°02'W39°28'N / 95°43'W18.10 Miles1300 Yards312.5M0Jackson
22.81954-03-18239°40'N / 95°31'W000K0Brown
23.31968-04-16239°04'N / 96°10'W39°24'N / 95°35'W38.70 Miles33 Yards0025K0Wabaunsee
23.41971-05-18239°21'N / 95°06'W39°24'N / 94°57'W8.50 Miles100 Yards0025K0Leavenworth
24.11958-07-11239°00'N / 95°34'W000K0Shawnee
25.31958-11-17239°11'N / 95°02'W003K0Leavenworth
25.61966-06-08439°10'N / 95°11'W39°16'N / 94°50'W19.90 Miles200 Yards12250K0Leavenworth
25.71962-05-27239°14'N / 95°00'W003K0Leavenworth
25.81964-04-12338°45'N / 95°29'W39°12'N / 95°14'W33.80 Miles880 Yards032.5M0Douglas
25.81959-05-18339°44'N / 95°20'W39°39'N / 95°16'W6.50 Miles400 Yards00250K0Doniphan
25.91955-05-26238°38'N / 95°47'W39°19'N / 94°55'W66.20 Miles33 Yards00250K0Osage
26.32008-05-02238°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.
27.31959-05-18239°44'N / 95°25'W1.00 Mile880 Yards003K0Brown
27.61966-06-08239°14'N / 95°02'W39°16'N / 94°53'W8.20 Miles33 Yards0025K0Leavenworth
27.81964-04-12339°14'N / 95°01'W39°18'N / 94°53'W8.40 Miles440 Yards1222.5M0Leavenworth
27.91991-04-26239°06'N / 96°00'W39°14'N / 95°52'W9.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Shawnee
28.01984-04-26239°06'N / 95°53'W0.60 Mile100 Yards04250K0Shawnee
28.01952-05-22438°59'N / 95°13'W39°00'N / 95°10'W2.70 Miles440 Yards02250K0Douglas
28.11966-06-08538°55'N / 95°55'W39°05'N / 95°35'W21.10 Miles880 Yards16450250.0M0Shawnee
28.41965-04-10339°29'N / 95°00'W39°32'N / 94°57'W4.50 Miles200 Yards09250K0Platte
28.52003-05-08238°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.
28.71950-05-05339°39'N / 95°34'W39°51'N / 95°31'W14.00 Miles440 Yards00250K0Brown
28.71962-05-26338°58'N / 95°42'W2.00 Miles33 Yards04250K0Shawnee
28.81983-05-06338°54'N / 95°52'W39°03'N / 95°35'W19.00 Miles150 Yards12525.0M0Shawnee
29.31962-05-31239°42'N / 95°36'W39°48'N / 95°36'W6.90 Miles13 Yards000K0Brown
29.72008-06-11239°30'N / 96°02'W39°34'N / 95°53'W9.00 Miles300 Yards100K0KJackson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This is the second segment of a tornado that initially touched down in Pottawatomie County and then continued northeast into Jackson County before continuing northeast and dissipating in Nemaha County. This is segment 2 of 3. Upon entering Jackson County the tornado did EF1 and EF0 damage primarily to outbuildings, power poles and large trees. As the tornado continued northeast, it moved south of Soldier causing extensive damage to two farmsteads. One residence was blown off of its foundation while another sustained extensive damage to its external walls and roof. All surrounding outbuildings were destroyed. The tornado continued northeast, striking a mobile home just south of the Nemaha County border. The mobile home was destroyed, and the occupant sustained fatal injuries. The tornado then continued northeast into Nemaha County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Two long lived supercells wreaked havoc across portions of north central and northeast Kansas on the night of June 11th. Three significant tornadoes touched down, caused millions of dollars in damage, killed two, and critically injured three citizens. The town of Chapman saw the most extensive damage. Approximately three-quarters of the town were damaged by the tornado that passed through. Numerous homes were demolished, as were both the middle school and high school. One death occured, as a result of a tree having fallen onto a young woman oustide her car, who had just placed her daughter into her car seat. The most severe, but more localized damage occurred in the Miller Ranch neighborhood in Manhattan, where several homes were completely destroyed. Several buildings on the Kansas StiThe Soldier, Kansas tornado was responsible for the other death. A man was killed in his mobile home when it flipped several times and was found a few miles from it's original location. The unoccupied home a few hundred feet from the mobile home went virtually untouched. Thousands of citizens turned up over the next few weeks to help with the clean-up effort in both Chapman and Manhattan.
30.12005-06-04239°46'N / 95°32'W39°47'N / 95°27'W3.00 Miles100 Yards00400K0Brown
 Brief Description: Three farmsteads or businesses sustained damage with a total of 15 buildings damaged or destroyed. Several cars were rolled and a combine was moved a considerable distance. A salvage yard was near one of the houses damaged by the tornado. A hubcap from the salvage yard had become airborne and was impaled in the sheet rock in the living room of the house.
30.61956-06-18239°15'N / 94°54'W0.80 Mile27 Yards003K0Leavenworth
30.81981-06-19338°58'N / 95°16'W38°55'N / 95°08'W7.70 Miles200 Yards13325.0M0Douglas
30.81952-05-22439°02'N / 95°10'W39°02'N / 94°55'W13.30 Miles440 Yards00250K0Leavenworth
30.91984-04-26339°38'N / 95°13'W39°48'N / 95°05'W15.00 Miles1200 Yards0025.0M0Doniphan
31.31964-04-12339°18'N / 94°53'W39°23'N / 94°52'W5.60 Miles17 Yards0025K0Platte
31.42003-05-04239°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.
31.61959-05-04239°55'N / 95°49'W39°35'N / 95°38'W24.90 Miles1760 Yards00250K0Jackson
31.71961-05-07439°10'N / 94°56'W39°11'N / 94°53'W2.30 Miles150 Yards002.5M0Leavenworth
32.01993-05-06239°42'N / 95°44'W39°49'N / 95°42'W8.00 Miles300 Yards00500K50KBrown
 Brief Description: The tornado began near Highway 75 about eight miles south of Fairview and moved northnortheast damaging about half dozen farmsteads before dissipating southeast of Fairview. The tornado was not on the ground continuously along its path. Debris from the tornado was reported in the sky west of Hiawatha.
32.01951-06-08238°53'N / 95°21'W003K0Douglas
32.41952-06-21239°08'N / 95°09'W39°08'N / 94°41'W24.90 Miles33 Yards0025K0Leavenworth
32.51971-05-18239°24'N / 94°57'W39°32'N / 94°48'W12.10 Miles50 Yards0425K0Platte
33.31980-05-31238°58'N / 95°06'W38°58'N / 95°02'W3.30 Miles33 Yards00250K0Douglas
33.41961-05-07439°11'N / 94°53'W39°12'N / 94°51'W1.30 Miles150 Yards002.5M0Wyandotte
33.51969-07-09238°57'N / 95°06'W38°58'N / 95°03'W2.70 Miles33 Yards02250K0Douglas
33.62008-06-11239°27'N / 96°06'W39°30'N / 96°02'W5.00 Miles200 Yards100K0KPottawatomie
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This is the first segment of an EF-2 tornado that began in Pottawatomie County, moved northeast into Jackson County and continued northeast into Nemaha County before dissipating. This is segment 1 of 3 for the tornado path. In Pottawatomie County the tornado touched down near a farmstead south of Havensville and compromised some of the external walls of a residence as well as tearing a large portion of the roof off of the residence. Extensive damage was noted to outbuildings and trees near the residence. The tornado continued northeast damaging mainly rural areas of northeastern Pottawatomie County damaging trees and power poles. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Two long lived supercells wreaked havoc across portions of north central and northeast Kansas on the night of June 11th. Three significant tornadoes touched down, caused millions of dollars in damage, killed two, and critically injured three citizens. The town of Chapman saw the most extensive damage. Approximately three-quarters of the town were damaged by the tornado that passed through. Numerous homes were demolished, as were both the middle school and high school. One death occured, as a result of a tree having fallen onto a young woman oustide her car, who had just placed her daughter into her car seat. The most severe, but more localized damage occurred in the Miller Ranch neighborhood in Manhattan, where several homes were completely destroyed. Several buildings on the Kansas StiThe Soldier, Kansas tornado was responsible for the other death. A man was killed in his mobile home when it flipped several times and was found a few miles from it's original location. The unoccupied home a few hundred feet from the mobile home went virtually untouched. Thousands of citizens turned up over the next few weeks to help with the clean-up effort in both Chapman and Manhattan.
34.01958-06-12239°02'N / 96°00'W39°02'N / 95°55'W4.30 Miles200 Yards0025K0Wabaunsee
34.01959-05-18339°49'N / 95°37'W0.50 Mile100 Yards0025K0Brown
34.11957-06-11238°52'N / 95°14'W38°54'N / 95°12'W1.90 Miles33 Yards000K0Douglas
34.62004-05-29339°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.
34.91969-07-09238°58'N / 95°03'W38°59'N / 94°58'W4.30 Miles33 Yards02250K0Johnson
35.51961-05-07439°12'N / 94°51'W39°11'N / 94°48'W2.70 Miles150 Yards0122.5M0Wyandotte
35.71980-05-31238°58'N / 95°02'W38°58'N / 94°58'W3.30 Miles33 Yards01250K0Johnson
35.91958-07-11238°55'N / 95°51'W000K0Shawnee
36.11967-01-24239°36'N / 94°56'W39°41'N / 94°53'W6.10 Miles100 Yards00250K0Buchanan
36.22004-05-29339°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.
37.21965-04-10339°32'N / 94°57'W39°40'N / 94°45'W14.00 Miles200 Yards02250K0Buchanan
37.51962-05-28238°50'N / 95°54'W38°56'N / 95°47'W0.90 Mile200 Yards00250K0Osage
37.61973-04-19239°53'N / 95°28'W0.20 Mile100 Yards000K0Brown
37.61961-05-07439°11'N / 94°48'W39°12'N / 94°46'W1.30 Miles150 Yards002.5M0Wyandotte
37.91978-05-23238°49'N / 95°43'W38°49'N / 95°38'W4.10 Miles30 Yards01250K0Osage
38.31960-05-19439°09'N / 96°20'W39°11'N / 95°57'W20.60 Miles33 Yards01225.0M0Wabaunsee
38.71954-03-18238°47'N / 95°33'W003K0Osage
38.71979-10-18239°15'N / 96°21'W39°20'N / 96°01'W18.60 Miles200 Yards05250K0Pottawatomie
38.71955-05-26239°41'N / 94°59'W39°46'N / 94°53'W7.80 Miles220 Yards0125K0Doniphan
38.81974-06-08438°52'N / 95°54'W38°54'N / 95°52'W1.90 Miles200 Yards000K0Shawnee
38.91956-04-02338°50'N / 95°53'W38°58'N / 95°57'W9.80 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Marion
39.21984-06-07239°49'N / 95°43'W39°59'N / 95°26'W18.00 Miles300 Yards052.5M0Brown
39.31961-05-07439°13'N / 94°46'W39°14'N / 94°43'W2.70 Miles50 Yards00250K0Platte
39.31981-04-03239°47'N / 95°00'W1.80 Miles33 Yards00250K0Doniphan
39.41971-05-18239°32'N / 94°48'W39°34'N / 94°45'W3.60 Miles50 Yards0225K0Buchanan
39.61977-05-04338°48'N / 95°22'W38°48'N / 95°03'W16.90 Miles300 Yards012.5M0Douglas
39.91952-05-22439°02'N / 94°55'W39°04'N / 94°43'W10.90 Miles440 Yards01250K0Johnson
39.91978-05-31339°19'N / 96°23'W39°22'N / 96°02'W18.90 Miles1300 Yards00250K0Pottawatomie
40.81956-07-02238°48'N / 95°11'W38°48'N / 95°07'W3.00 Miles33 Yards000K0Franklin
41.31969-06-26239°14'N / 94°42'W0.50 Mile100 Yards00250K0Platte
41.52003-05-04439°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.
41.71962-08-06338°47'N / 95°15'W38°45'N / 95°11'W4.10 Miles33 Yards00250K0Douglas
42.31998-06-13239°54'N / 95°47'W39°54'N / 95°47'W1.00 Mile100 Yards003.5M0Nemaha
 Brief Description: A tornado ripped through downtown Sabetha causing extensive structural damage to buildings in a two block area, as well as downing power lines and several large trees. The tornado's path extended from one-half mile west to one-half mile east of the City Hall building. Eighteen buildings in downtown sustained damage with five buildings including City Hall damaged close to the point of loss. The tornado caused 2 million in damage to City Hall alone as it destroyed half the roof and walls of the building. Away from downtown several homes and vehicles were damaged from fallen trees and limbs on the fringes of the tornado or from strong straight line winds.
42.61958-05-31238°44'N / 95°13'W38°47'N / 95°10'W4.30 Miles33 Yards0025K0Franklin
43.31993-05-06239°37'N / 96°08'W39°58'N / 95°55'W23.00 Miles440 Yards005.0M50KNemaha
 Brief Description: The longest track tornado of the day moved southwest to northeast across Nemaha county miraculously producing no deaths or injuries. However significant damage occurred to about 20 different farms or farmsteads and related business, machinery and buildings. The tornado just missed populated areas and remained generally in fields and farm areas. Excessive rain in the days after the storm hampered cleanup. Property damage from the tornado was estimated at $1.1 million. In some areas the tornado was about 1/2 mile wide while in other areas damage was only about 100 yards wide. At times the tornado had multiple vortices.
43.61966-05-15239°09'N / 94°41'W2.50 Miles33 Yards0525K0Wyandotte
43.61977-05-04338°48'N / 95°03'W38°55'N / 94°49'W14.70 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Johnson
44.11961-05-07239°58'N / 95°37'W0025K0Brown
44.42003-05-04439°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.
44.61973-06-16239°46'N / 94°50'W6.00 Miles33 Yards0142.5M0Buchanan
44.71961-05-07439°14'N / 94°43'W39°16'N / 94°33'W9.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Platte
46.01974-06-08438°42'N / 95°58'W38°52'N / 95°54'W11.90 Miles440 Yards0025.0M0Osage
46.01991-04-26238°44'N / 96°15'W39°06'N / 96°00'W28.00 Miles200 Yards00250K0Wabaunsee
46.01969-07-26239°47'N / 94°49'W0.10 Mile20 Yards00250K0Buchanan
46.11971-05-18239°34'N / 94°45'W39°40'N / 94°36'W10.40 Miles50 Yards0025K0Buchanan
46.21969-06-26339°11'N / 94°38'W39°13'N / 94°36'W1.90 Miles100 Yards0225K0Platte
47.31954-03-24238°44'N / 95°03'W003K0Franklin
47.71966-04-19338°55'N / 94°48'W38°58'N / 94°40'W7.70 Miles150 Yards042.5M0Johnson
48.81958-05-31238°40'N / 95°11'W1.00 Mile60 Yards0025K0Franklin
49.02008-05-02239°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.
49.22003-05-08338°35'N / 95°45'W38°42'N / 95°33'W25.00 Miles800 Yards001.5M0Osage
 Brief Description: A second tornado touched down in Osage county about 13 miles southwest of Lyndon and moved northeast for 25 miles before dissipating 6 miles south of Overbrook. The tornado was a half mile wide in places and did considerable damage to farm buildings, machinery, and fences along its path.
50.01958-11-17238°37'N / 95°25'W000K0Franklin


* 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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