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NWS: 2 EF1 tornadoes struck parts of Johnson County Sunday night

Posted at 4:08 PM, May 20, 2024

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Weather Service said two EF1 tornadoes struck parts of Johnson County, Kansas, late Sunday night, leaving widespread power outages, downed power lines and building damage in their wake.

An EF1 tornado was reported around 10:31 p.m. Sunday near Mill Valley High School in Shawnee.

The storm tracked across the campus and traveled north-northeast toward Johnson Drive after crossing Monticello Road.

It went right on the west side of Mill Valley High School and lifted right before the Johnson county Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Below is a visual of the path of the tornado.

Shawnee tornado
Shawnee tornado

The tornado dissipated five minutes later at 10:36 p.m.

A second tornado rated EF1, but said to have caused mostly EF0 damage, occurred at roughly 10:39 p.m. near W. 79th Street and Lamar Avenue in Overland Park.

The tornado tracked northeast through Prairie Village and Fairway before ending around 10:50 p.m. on the western edge of Mission Hills.

Below is a visualizer of the tornado.

This particular visual shows a polygon versus a line.

Wilson says this is due to the amount of trees in Prairie Village, and there was lots of damage points in the NWS survey.

The tornado was on the ground for almost three miles and was wider than a football field while it was north of 75th along Tomahawk.

Prairie Village tornado
Prairie Village tornado

Survey crews said pockets of the second tornado produced EF1-level damage associated with 90 mph winds. Crews are expected to provide greater detail on the storms’ paths in the coming days.