It has been reported that a tornado has hit near Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and is moving in the southeast direction at a speed of 20 miles per hour. A warning has been issued and remains in effect for the southeastern Jackson County until 7:30 p.m. CDT. The warning includes hazardous and high-speed winds including ping-pong ball sized hail. Weather spotters have confirmed the tornado near Lee’s Summit, MO with expectations of dangerous flying debris. People who are caught outside their safe shelters have been warned to be extra cautious. Many mobile homes are expected to be destroyed or damaged due to the tornado. Damage to roofs, vehicles and windows is expected and tree damage is also anticipated.
The locations which are presently impacted due to the tornado hitting Lee’s Summit, MO include Greenwood, Lone Jack and Lake Lotawana. Advisory has been issued for residents of Missouri and it has been stated that the tornado has hit the land (ground). People are advised to take immediate cover and are asked to move to an inner room on the lowest floor of an apartment complex. People have been warned to stay away from windows and those who are in a mobile home, outdoors or a vehicle are advised to move to a shelter nearby to protect themselves from flying debris. Authorities are recommending that residents in the affected areas to take shelter for the night, and continue to listen for more warnings.
By Ankur Sinha
NOAA’s National Weather Service
Google’s Public Alerts