Flooding is one of the leading causes of weather related fatalities in the U.S., according to the National Weather Service. On average, flooding claims nearly 90 lives each year. More than half of these deaths occur in motor vehicles when people attempt to drive through flooded roadways.
Plants have been the beneficiaries of the recent wet weather. At the Euphrates Gallery at 24th and Chestnut in Kansas City, a rare variety of 4000 tulips have been in bloom. The tulips are part of a project called Neighborhood as Museum, which focuses on environmental design to improve quality of life. More rain is expected for the next two days.
The National Weather Service continues to track the damage caused by severe weather that blew through the Kansas City area on Monday, including five confirmed tornadoes. The twisters, reported in Smithville, Carrollton, Oak Grove, Lee’s Summit and Leawood, caused extensive property damage but no deaths and only a few injuries.
89-year-old Oak Grove resident Ruth Grote was in hiding in her bathroom on her own when the tornados hit last night, destroying the home she's been living in for 12 years in minutes. Here's a look at the inside of her house Tuesday afternoon.
Southwest 25th Street in Oak Grove is one of the areas severely damaged by Monday night's tornadoes. With houses torn apart and tree branches everywhere, residents recall the horrible storm amid the debris.