The National Weather Service has classified Monday night’s tornado as an EF-3. The tornado destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes on the south side of the city and south of the city.
Twelve injuries were reported – but no deaths.
The Weather Service says wind during the storm peaked at an estimated 152 mph. It was on the ground for 15 minutes, from 8:12 to 8:27 and ran along a path of 11.9 miles, from Buckner-Tarsney Road south of Grain Valley east to Oak Grove, then the south edge of Bates City. It ended near the western edge of Odessa. At its peak, the tornado was about 400 yards across, slightly less than a quarter of a mile.
Weather Service personnel have been out all day assessing the evening’s storms. Other reports, as of late this afternoon:
• An EF-1 tornado was on the ground for two minutes in Lee’s Summit – but in a particularly busy part of town. It set down at 8:03 p.m. near John Knox Village and headed east across Missouri 350 and ran roughly along Chipman Road, picking up at 8:05 just short of Missouri 291. That’s a path of 2.3 miles. The tornado produced top winds of 108 mph and, at it widest, was 25 yards across. No injuries or deaths.
• The tornado in the Smithville/Trimble/Lathrop area was an EF-2, with peak winds of 132 miles an hour. It was on the ground for 28 minutes, from 7:18 tp 7:46, and went 18.7 miles. At its maximum, it was 1,000 yards wide – more than half a mile. No injuries or deaths.
• The Leawood tornado was an EF0.
• The storms in Grandview, at the Johnson County Executive Airport and in Richmond, Mo., are all described as being consistent with straight-line winds.
The Weather Service said the damage – still being assessed Tuesday – in Carrollton, Mo., appears to be tornado damage.
– Jeff Fox