5:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

The Hesston Tornado: 25 Years Later

Credit Brenda Buller,

On March 13, People who live in Hesston will be marking the anniversary of the tornado that destroyed their town 25 years ago.

First responders credit the advance warning about the “F5” tornado for the low number of injuries and fatalities.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

Hesston EMS Director Russ Buller was a volunteer firefighter at the time the tornado was gathering strength in Reno County and heading toward Hesston in Harvey County on March 13th, 1990.

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12:15 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Organizations Receive $25,000 To Help Tornado Victims In The Baxter Springs Area

Two organizations are getting $25,000 each from the Kansas Health Foundation to help residents in the Baxter Springs area recover from the EF-2 tornado that damaged 100 homes and 12 businesses last month.

The American Red Cross Midway-Kansas Chapter and the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas will use the money to help the community bounce back from the April 27th tornado.

The groups will provide food, shelter, clothing and emotional support for people affected by the storm.

11:30 am
Tue April 29, 2014

State Dept. Of Revenue To Help Tornado Victims Replace Crucial Documents

The Kansas Department of Revenue is taking steps to help residents replace critical documents lost in Sunday’s tornadoes.

The agency is waiving fees on replacement driver’s licenses, vehicle titles and vehicle registrations for residents of Cherokee, Bourbon and Linn counties.

An executive order signed Monday by Governor Sam Brownback also waives the fees for replacement birth certificates and marriage licenses issued by the state health department.

Dozens of buildings were destroyed and 25 people were injured Sunday in the Cherokee County town Baxter Springs.

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10:35 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Tornado Destroys Dozens Of Homes And Businesses In Baxter Springs

Twenty-five people were injured and dozens of homes and businesses were destroyed by a tornado in Baxter Springs around 6pm on Sunday.

Southeast Kansas Incident Management Team spokeswoman Kari West says one person died, but it was not clear whether the death was related to the storm.

Cherokee County emergency manager Jason Allison says the tornado was roughly two- to three-blocks wide, and cut diagonally through the southeastern town of about 42 hundred people.

Allison says 60 to 70 homes were destroyed, as well as 20 to 25 businesses.

6:25 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Emergency Responders Want Storm Chasing Rules

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.

Kansas Storms
8:50 am
Tue May 28, 2013

4 Tornadoes Hit Northeast Kansas Monday Night

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.

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6:34 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Weekend Tornado In Western Kansas Was An EF4

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.

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Emergency Response
1:07 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

KS Officials: Cash Donations Best Way to Help in Oklahoma

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management is urging Kansans who want to help the recovery in Oklahoma to make cash donations.

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12:15 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

National Weather Service Is Looking For Storm Spotters

May 19 tornado near Harper and Kingman county lines.
Credit 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.

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