Powerful thunderstorms in the Kansas City metro area produced a tornado in Lee’s Summit on Wednesday. The storm began around 6:30 p.m. in Raytown, MO and gained strength as it moved southeast into Lee’s Summit where the tornado briefly touched down causing heavy damage to businesses and vehicles. Heavy rains that came with the high winds triggered flood warnings across the area.
A fireworks tent in the parking lot of Lee’s Summit North High School was blown down destroying over forty thousand dollars in merchandise.
Wide-spread power outages have been reported throughout Lee’s Summit. Police and Fire crews were busy earlier in the evening responding to multiple reports of structure fires and gas leaks. The City’s Emergency Operations Center has been fully activated as of Wednesday night to assess the level of damage. Luckily, there have been no reports of any injuries.
Timeline of events:
- 6:32 p.m.: First tornado warning issued for Jackson County, MO (Raytown)
- 6:54 p.m.: Tornado touched down in Unity Village of Lee’s Summit, MO
- 7:13 p.m.: The NWS extends the tornado warning for Jackson County until 8:00 p.m.
- 8:00 p.m.: The NWS issued a tornado warning for Cass & Johnson County, MO until 9:30 p.m.
- 10:20 p.m.: The NWS issued a tornado warning for Benton & Hickory County, MO
Videos from Wednesday’s tornado in Lee’s Summit
Additional Video Footage Links:
This list should provide a good perspective of first hand accounts. If you’d like even more, check out our Storm Chasers page.KCTV5 – Chopper 5: Tornado forms in Jackson County near Unity Village (must see)
KC Star: Tornado forms over Lee’s Summit
KC Star: Severe weather hits Lee’s Summit
Timelapse: Unity Village Tornado
Live Storms Media: 7-1-15 Lees Summit, Missouri Tornado
Twisted Sky Tours: Lee’s Summit to Pleasant Hill, MO Damaging Tornadoes CLOSE RANGE!
FOX 4 KC: Tornado touch down
YouTube user – jpaauwe9: Lees Summit Tornado 7-1-2015
YouTube user – Joel Conrad: Tornado Sightings in Lee’s Summit, MO
YouTube user – EL TURC_O: Scary Tornado on the ground ! Lee’s Summit
YouTube user – Nature Reporter: Scary Tornado Warning going off!
YouTube user – sankeerth reddy: Tornado in lees summit 07/01/2015
YouTube user – Brandi Markle: Tornado Lee’s Summit
YouTube user – jkhill74: Lees Summit Tornado – July 1, 2015
YouTube user – uber pollo: Tornado Night In Lees Summit Missouri
YouTube user – Gavin Snow: Tornado in Lee’s Summit 7/1/15
YouTube user – James Wilson: RAW Up Close Lee Summit Missouri Tornado
YouTube user – Mathew Roland: Tornado Formation – Lees Summit, MO
YouTube Playlist: All videos above
“Lee’s Summit Tornado” trended on twitter yesterday evening. Here’s a link to the thread.
— Raytown Fire Dist (@raytownfire) July 1, 2015
— 41 Action News (@41ActionNews) July 2, 2015
— SevereStudios (@severestudios) July 2, 2015
— KY3 News (@kytv) July 2, 2015