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Monday, May 7, 2012

Severe weather strikes Douglas & Johnson counties Sunday

Posted: May 7, 2012 - 5:50am
Update: May 7, 2012 - 6:07am

This morning, the National Weather Service says two tornadoes briefly touched down in Olathe on Sunday evening.

The first touchdown was reported at 6:10 p.m., near Kansas 7 Highway (K-7) and Santa Fe Street by a Trained Weather Spotter.

About 10 minutes later, another touchdown was, reported at 6:22 p.m., near Interstate 35 and United States Highway 169 (US-169) by Olathe Fire Department personnel. See the YouTube video at the bottom of this post for audio of this report.

Weather Spotters and Law Enforcement also reported rotation and lowering in the area of K-7 south of 119th Street and to the southwest of the K-7 and K-10 interchange. This lowering was not reported to have made contact with the ground.

No injuries or damage were reported directly related to the brief tornado touchdowns.

Severe Weather Reports to the National Weather Service
Hail was also reported just outside of Eudora and in Lawrence. Hail reports in Douglas County varied from Dime to Half Dollar in size. Minor damage was reported to a few vehicles in Douglas County as a result of the hail.

Several hundred were without power for times in both Douglas and Johnson Counties. Westar Energy reported nearly 600 Douglas County customers without power around 6:30 p.m..

Here is a rare glimpse behind the scenes of what was going on here at Operation 100 News as the second touchdown was being reported in Olathe. This recording includes audio from four scanners, with audio from Law Enforcement, Fire Department, and Weather Spotters. Some of the audio is difficult to understand as scanner volumes varied and the camera was closer to the Law Enforcement scanner than it was to the Spotter and Fire Department scanners. 

As always, Operation 100 News is the work of one person. Therefore I may not always be available to provide you with weather updates when severe weather is headed for your neighborhood. Please do not rely solely on one source for emergency weather information. A NOAA Weather Radio is a great option to have handy. More Information here

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