UPDATE, 3:12 p.m. | A second tornado, estimated to be an EF-2 with wind speed of 115 mph, that struck in the Kansas City area during the early morning Wednesday was more powerful, according to a preliminary report from the National Weather Service.
UPDATE, 12:38 p.m. | According to the National Weather Service Kansas City, preliminary results from a damage survey team in Johnson and Jackson Counties indicate an EF-1 tornado impacted the Kansas City area overnight.
NWS says the tornado reached wind speeds of up to 100 mph and had a track 14 miles long, with a 125 maximum width.
UPDATE, 12:25 p.m. | KSHB 41 drone footage captures damage near 95th Street and Belinder Road in Leewood, Kansas.
Evergy says crews have restored power to over half the number of reported outages, from more than 75,000 to now fewer than 30,000.
UPDATE, 11:30 a.m. | Greenwood, Missouri resident Jay Phillips captured this funnel cloud overnight over Lee's Summit.
As of 11:30 a.m., Evergy reports almost 30,000 customers without power. Independence Power and Light reports more than 1,850 customers without power. The Board of Public Utilities in Wyandotte County has 51 customers without power.
UPDATE, 11 a.m. | The city of Lenexa said most of the damage from Tuesday night's storm is concentrated around West 95th Street from Lackman Road to Quivira Road.
Several trees and power lines are down in the area, where multiple buildings also sustained damage.
Pflumm Road remains closed from Santa Fe Trail Drive to West 95th Street due to downed power lines.
UPDATE, 10:56 a.m. | Leawood police have closed West 95th Street between Mission Road and Lee Boulevard along with several other side streets in the north part of the city due to downed trees, tree limbs and power lines making roads unpassable.
"The volume of debris that needs to be moved is such that roads may remain closed and traffic may be disrupted through the evening rush hour," Leawood police said in a release "Motorists who normally use 95th Street are advised to use 83rd or 103rd Streets."
Police also urged residents walking in the area to use caution due to the possibility of downed power lines.
UPDATE, 10:48 a.m. | Kansas City, Missouri, has canceled Wednesday's planned outdoor tornado warning sirens test "due to current conditions."
The tests are regularly scheduled for the first Wednesday of the month during storm season, but the test was also postponed last week. KCMO said the next scheduled test will be on Wednesday, July 6.
UPDATE, 9:23 a.m. | The National Weather Service says that they have dispatched survey crews to review damage reports along a path of damage from Lenexa in the west to Grandview in the East, and from Independence to Buckner.
UPDATE, 8:39 a.m. | There will be no test of the outdoor warning siren system in Johnson County this month. The weekly test, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday each month, was postponed last week.
The Johnson County Division of Emergency Management decided to cancel today's postponed test. The next scheduled test will be Wednesday, July 6.
UPDATE, 7:30 a.m. | Evergy announced it had over 75,000 power outages due to storms. Crews have restored power to over 25% of customers affected, and crews are continuing to work, Evergy says. Evergy outages can be reported online.
In Independence, Missouri, there are about 2,500 customers without power and at least 50 downed trees, a city spokeswoman says.
UPDATE, 7:20 a.m. | Downed trees in the roadway have caused a closure on Missouri 7 from U.S. 24 to Missouri 78, according to the Independence Police Department.
KSHB 41 news crews show additional damage at West 95th Street and Belinder Road.
Large tree on a home on the OTHER side of 95th and Belinder. @KSHB41 pic.twitter.com/089e6lpKvw— Taylor Hemness (@taylorhemness) June 8, 2022
@KSHB41 pic.twitter.com/AqguRwzgpn— Daniela Leon (@danielaleontv) June 8, 2022
UPDATE, 6:32 a.m. | KSHB 41 News reporter Charlie Keegan reveals damage dealt to the roof of Colonial Presbyterian Church at Bannister and Wornall roads in Kansas City, Missouri.
WOW: Daylight reveals damage to the roof of @ColonialKC Presbyterian Church at Bannister and Wornall. Part of a fence is stuck in a tree above the church’s playground. #mowx @KSHB41 @NWSKansasCity pic.twitter.com/DTVHOTLFZ7— Charlie Keegan (@CharlieKeegan41) June 8, 2022
The Overland Park Police department showed traffic camera footage of the intense storms blowing through the area of West 95th Street and Metcalf Avenue. The footage shows the rotation and changing direction of winds in the area.
Several trees were downed near the Jack Stack Barbecue in the area, but visible damage was not dealt to the building.
This is Jack Stack on 95th & Metcalf. Lots of trees that are down, not seeing much damage to the actual restaurant. But going to be a long morning trying to clean up what this storm did. #kswx @KSHB41 pic.twitter.com/vox5dF3uGK— Jordan Betts (@JordanBettsTV) June 8, 2022
As of 6:30 a.m., 52,335 Evergy customers remain impacted by power outages.
UPDATE, 5:53 a.m. | During the overnight storms, a lightning strike caused a house fire in Lee's Summit, the Lee's Summit Fire Department determined.
The department says that fire in the attic of the home was reported around 1:57 a.m. at Northeast Jamestown Drive and Northeast Freehold Court.
LSFD says the fire was under control by 2:19 a.m.
KSHB 41 News anchor Taylor Hemness and reported Daniela Leon show the damage storms dealt to 95th Street and Belinder Road.
Starting to get some daylight to show you where I’m reporting live for @KSHB41 this morning. I’m at 95th and Belinder, where power lines are down right near Leawood United Methodist Church. pic.twitter.com/Q9mYhS6oFU— Taylor Hemness (@taylorhemness) June 8, 2022
Here’s a glimpse of the long work ahead for utility crews who are on scene trying to bring power back to residential neighborhoods. This is on 95th street and Belinder. pic.twitter.com/K0E5BJqRig— Daniela Leon (@danielaleontv) June 8, 2022
UPDATE, 5:20 a.m. | KSHB 41 News is tracking road closures and reports of damage as the result of overnight storms in the Kansas City area.
Lenexa police say the road is closed at West 95th Street and Monrovia.
In Leawood, damage has been reported from on 95th Street from Mission Road to State Line Road.
Meanwhile, there is a report of one tree down at 9600 Kessler St. in Overland Park, and another report of a tree down at Ensley Lane and Somerset Drive in Prairie Village.
Holmes Road and 100th Terrace was also blocked off by the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department due to a tree in the road.
The first tornado warning was issued at 1:20am this morning. Debris was caught on our radar at this time right over Metcalf & 95th. Damage reports & debris on radar stretch nearly 11 miles to Blue Pkwy & Bannister Rd in south KC. pic.twitter.com/ZY13WEA1vQ— Lindsey Anderson (@lnanderson) June 8, 2022
UPDATE, 4:20 a.m. | The number of power outages within Evergy continues to hold steady in excess of 60,000 customers.
KSHB 41 News today anchor Taylor Hemness came across additional damage in Prairie Village, this time near West 95th Street and Glenwood Street.
UPDATE, 4:10 a.m. | KSHB 41 News Today anchor Taylor Hemness came across downed trees in the parking lot near the Jack Stack Barbecue at West 95th Steet and Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park.
UPDATE, 4 a.m. | In addition to smartphone alerts, the Johnson County Department of Emergency Management tweeted this morning they did sound outdoor sirens in part of the county Wednesday.
Sirens were activated across Johnson County for this morning’s Tornado Warning.— Johnson Co. EM (@JoCo_Emergency) June 8, 2022
No confirmed injuries at this time, still assessing the extent of the damage caused by this storm. pic.twitter.com/99VIILvvmQ
UPDATE, 3:50 a.m. | We have several crews out in Kansas City this morning monitoring damage reports.
KSHB 41 News Today anchor Taylor Hemness is in Lenexa where he came across damage to an apartment complex:
KSHB 41 reporter Jordan Betts has been tracking damage to trees and buildings, also in the Lenexa area.
Got some damage near the shopping complex in front of Sam’s Club in Lenexa. FD is here checking on gas lines. There is some window damage to one of the stores. The storm moved the shipping container & took down a light pole. #kswx @KSHB41 pic.twitter.com/Omhh0G0TKe— Jordan Betts (@JordanBettsTV) June 8, 2022
Further east, KSHB 41 reporter Daniela Leon came across damage along West 95th Street in Prairie Village.
On 95th and Manor Road, several downed trees, no power in the area. Part of 95th is closed off with emergency crews on scene @KSHB41 pic.twitter.com/rjgXfcpSQ6— Daniela Leon (@danielaleontv) June 8, 2022
UPDATE, 3:20 a.m. | The number of Evergy customers without power across the Kansas City area appears to have stabilized around 65,000 according to its outage map.
UPDATE, 3:15 a.m. | We continue to receive updates of storm damage across the Kansas City area, though many of the reports center around an area near West 95th Street from Lenexa on the west into Missouri on the east.
Viewer Sadiel Ruiz shared with KSHB 41 this time lapse video showing the storm moving through the Prairie Village area:
Further west, near Interstate 435 and West 95th Street in Lenexa, viewer Sebastian Canelo shared video showing damage to an apartment carport:
UPDATE, 2:15 a.m. | We've received a couple of storm reports of small trees down in the Northland.
According to Evergy's Power Outage Map, more than 64,000 customers are without power across the Kansas City area.
UPDATE, 2:05 a.m. | While the bulk of the severe weather has moved through the Kansas City area, areas east of the metro should remain alert:
2:00 AM Radar Update: The severe threat is winding down for much of KC Metro area with severe threat moving into Lafayette and Johnson County, MO, and NW Henry County. pic.twitter.com/TtbF2nfvXa— NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) June 8, 2022
UPDATE, 1:50 a.m. | Here’s a quick update on this morning’s weather situation:At 1:21 a.m., the. National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning for after radar confirmed a tornado near Prairie Village.
Around 1:27 a.m., the Tornado Warning was modified to include parts of Jackson County, Missouri. The original warning for Johnson County was allowed to expire.
By 1:36 a.m., the tornado warned storm was targeting parts of Lee’s Summit.
A separate part of the thunderstorm further north lead to a Tornado Warning, based on radar, for parts of Clay and Ray counties in Missouri.
By 1:41 a.m., as the original storm moved east, based on radar, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the storm near Buckner.
As of 1:50 a.m.,no reports of damage or a confirmed touchdown had been reported.
UPDATE, 1:35 a.m. | Residents in parts of Kansas City were jolted awake as part of a collection of tornado warnings early Wednesday morning.
EARLIER | The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for several counties in the Kansas City area until 5 a.m. on Wednesday.
Counties included in the watch are Johnson, Miami, Leavenworth and Wyandotte in Kansas.
In Missouri, Cass, Clay, Platte and Jackson counties are included, among others.
During this time, tornadoes and hail are possible and strong winds up to 75 mph are likely.
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of Kansas and Missouri until 5 AM CDT pic.twitter.com/48IAl6yDrE— NWS Topeka (@NWSTopeka) June 8, 2022