Kansas storms

Reno County Warns People To Stay Out Of Water

Aug 7, 2013

A central Kansas county is cracking down on people who place themselves in danger in rain-swollen rivers and creeks.

You're On Your Own To Clean Up After Thursday's Storm

Jun 28, 2013
Lu Anne Stephens / KMUW

Crews from the city of Wichita are currently clearing tree limbs and debris that fell into streets and onto public property during the Thursday night wind storm.

However, they will not pick up debris from private property owners. Instead they are encouraging homeowners to work with their trash haulers to remove debris or take it to one of four Wichita locations for a fee. 

Emergency Responders Want Storm Chasing Rules

Jun 4, 2013

The head of a group that represents Kansas emergency responders says it's time to consider rules for storm chasers.

Brian Stone is president of the Kansas Emergency Management Association. He says there should be rules to determine who can chase storms and to ensure they know what they're doing.

However, Stone concedes that he's not sure whether law officers could enforce such rules.

Three professional chasers in Oklahoma were killed Friday when a tornado turned on them in Reno, Okla.

4 Tornadoes Hit Northeast Kansas Monday Night

May 28, 2013

At least four tornadoes hit different counties in northeast Kansas Monday night, but there were no fatalities or serious injuries, according to preliminary reports from emergency management officials.

The most significant damage was reported in and around Marysville, which is about 150 miles northwest of Kansas City near the Nebraska border. A tornado touched down about 9:50 p.m., said Bill Schwindamann, Marshall County emergency management director.

Weekend Tornado In Western Kansas Was An EF4

May 23, 2013

The National Weather Service says a tornado that traveled seven miles across rural western Kansas during the weekend was an EF4, with winds of 165 to 185 miles per hour.

The report from the agency's Dodge City office follows a survey of the tornado's path Saturday night in Pawnee County.

An EF4 is the second-strongest on the scale used to measure the strength of tornadoes.

Storm Debris? City Says You're On Your Own

May 20, 2013

The city of Wichita is not planning to collect fallen limbs or other messes from this weekend’s storm.

In a release Monday, the city said property owners are responsible for disposing of debris, none of which should be placed at the curb unless arrangements with a private hauler have been made.

Four Wichita locations are accepting storm debris for a fee: 

Carla Eckels / KMUW

During last month’s back-to-back snow storms, the Kansas Department of Transportation reports their snow crews pretreated and plowed nearly 880,000 miles of highway – enough to circle the earth 35 times.

BY THE NUMBERS

Winter Storms Q and Rocky (weeks of Feb. 18 and 25)

Niccolò Ubalducci Photographer / flickr Creative Commons

As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week for the state of Kansas, the National Weather Service is offering a storm spotter training class Tuesday night in Wichita.

Spring is the most active tornado season in Kansas.

Bill would require drug testing for welfare recipients; Company beats out Beechcraft for plane contract; Gov. Brownback praises officials for storm response.

Drug Testing Bill Advances In Kansas Senate

The Kansas Senate has tentatively approved legislation requiring drug tests for some people seeking welfare benefits. It was approved after Senators amended it to require the same scrutiny of legislators.

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Gov. Sam Brownback is praising state emergency, law enforcement and highway officials for their "all hands on deck" response to the recent snow storms.

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