A tornado damaged homes and docks at Lake Lotawana Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed.
Deputy Raashid Brown of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said a mid-day storm around Lake Lotawana damaged several homes and caused power outages.
Brown said that there were no injuries.
The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-0 tornado traveled 3.4 miles on the ground, that its maximum width was 100 yards and that its wind speed reached about 80 mph. It started near Cyclone School Road just north of Colbern Road. It traveled southeast, crossing Colbern Road, then Missouri 7 and Lake Lotawana before ending near the lake’s eastern shore.
The storm damaged several roofs, brought down tree limbs and power lines and damaged docks and boats. More tree damage was reported near Missouri 291 and Independence Avenue in northern Lee’s Summit.
Johnson County, Missouri, sustained damage from the same storm. Troy Armstrong, director of emergency management for Johnson County, said at least one outbuilding was destroyed, power lines were downed, homes were damaged by fallen trees and some road flooding was reported.
The rest of the week is expected to be dangerously hot. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory starting at noon Thursday through 8 p.m. Friday. The Weather Service is forecasting high temperatures in the upper 90s with a heat index values soaring between 100 and 109 on Thursday and between 100 and 105 on Friday.
The Weather Service urges local residents to drink plenty of water, stay in the A/C and out of the sun if you can, and check on neighbors and relatives who might be susceptible to heat-related illness.
The Mid-America Regional Council has issued an ozone alert for today. That means there is an unhealthy level of ground-level ozone is expected. Today’s forecast high is in the lower 90s.