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Archive for Sunday, June 3, 2001

KC area survives storms

June 3, 2001

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— A storm front moved southeast through the Kansas City area Friday, producing baseball-size hail, high winds and funnel clouds. Minor damages, but no injuries, were reported.

There was an unconfirmed report of a tornado touching down about 7 p.m. north of Cleveland in Cass County, a sheriff's department dispatcher said. High winds downed power lines in Pleasant Hill, but no power outages were reported.

The storm front that hit the Kansas City metropolitan area about 6 p.m. extended south of Johnson County, Kan., into Warrensburg, Marshall and Moberly in central Missouri. Planes were grounded for about 30 minutes at Kansas City International Airport.

Straight line winds downed large trees near the fairgrounds in Sedalia, and winds as high as 75 mph were reported in Odessa, the National Weather Service said.

A storm that evolved out of the same band of storms that struck Kansas City caused 80 mph winds in Howard County that downed several trees and damaged a barn. Some urban areas in Leavenworth and Cass counties were under flood warnings.

In Kansas, heavy rainfall caused flash flooding on Kansas Highway 10 for a brief period Friday evening, said Lt. Bob Keller of the Johnson County Sheriff's Department. A tornado warning was issued in Johnson County, where hail as large as eggs pelted some areas.

The storm left about 5,000 Kansas City Power & Light Co. customers without electricity and dumped about 1 1/2 to 2 inches of rain within an hour.

Some trees were knocked over around Tonganoxie in Leavenworth County, and hail as large as baseballs fell in Bucyrus in Miami County, authorities said.

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