April 29, 2014
The National Weather Service released the details of last night’s tornado that touched down in the northern part of the county.
According to the report, the tornado was classified a EF-2 with 120 mph winds. It traveled 5.5 miles in 150 yard-width. The report stated the tornado began at 7 p.m. two miles northeast of Wares Crossroads and ended at 7:10 p.m. three miles northeast of Harrisonville.
The NWS issued a tornado warning at 7:03 p.m. based on a radar reading at 6:58 p.m., meteorologist Keith Stellman said.
Storms are expected to continue tonight with similar condition to last night. Stellman said the area is still at risk.
According to 911 supervisor Melissa Wortham, sirens will be alarmed once the NWS issues a warning or they receive verification of a funnel cloud sighting.
Wortham said signs of a potential tornado include dark green skies and large hail, as well as a noise similar to that of a freight train.
In the event of a tornado, she said to relocate to the central and lowest part of the home or a hallway. Those in mobile homes or cars should seek shelter in a stable and secure structure. If outside and unable to find a place indoors, she advised to lay flat in a ditch covering the head.
Wortham also said to keep a flashlight, batteries, first-aid kit and water nearby in case of emergency.
There are not currently any tornado shelters available, however Wortham said in the event that it’s needed, the Red Cross will activate local shelters which will be announced through local news stations.