We caught the storm of the day for Kansas, staying with it from shortly after initiation southeast of Meade, documenting numerous funnels and wall clouds, and damage in three communities including both ends of the tornado through Barton county rated at EF-3 for the damage it caused west of the Great Bend airport.
Multiple rounds of severe weather are possible in Kansas this week, with longer-range forecasts showing a fairly active pattern through early June. With the slightly late start to the season, some have become complacent about severe weather in our area. If you are new to the area or haven’t updated your plans and preparedness activities, here are some tips.
Flash flooding is consistently one of the top storm-related killers each year. In 2016, floods closed many roads in Sedgwick, Sumner, Cowley and Butler counties following a couple of very heavy thunderstorm complexes in the late summer, and one person died. Simple action can save your life the next time you encounter high water.
Mental preparation for the aftermath of a disaster is difficult — most of us have the feeling it’ll never happen to us. Knowing what to expect after is one of the best things you can do to be prepared before.
Watch – Warning – Advisory: Do you know the difference? You may think you do, but a review is valuable so you can prepare adequately. Also: where do the most tornado deaths occur?
The City of Salina is replacing its Cold War-era warning sirens with a modern system that allows sirens to be sounded for only the part of town under a warning. I speak with Saline County Emergency Manager Hannah Stambaugh about the system and why they’re so excited to have it.
Here are resources you can trust to help you prepare…and not give in to the hype!
Victims often say they received no warning…but they’re usually wrong. The reason why will surprise you.
The Vane’s Dennis Mersereau explains the legal obligation your local news station has concerning breaking into entertainment programming for tornado coverage.