Patsy and Lily Nolan, 72 and 3, are usually inseparable. So of course, when Lily spent the night at her grandmother’s home on Wednesday night, she slept in the older woman’s bed.
It was just after 5 a.m. Thursday, after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Kansas City-area, that Grandma heard a loud crash. When she went to go to the bathroom a few minutes later, she found her way blocked. A silver maple tree had fallen through the roof and into the bathroom as well as the front entrance to the living room of her home at 37th Street and Harmony Drive in Kansas City, Kan.
A neighbor had already called emergency services. Nolan and Lily got out of the home and called Lily’s parents, Jessica and Billy Nolan. Lily wasn’t scared, mom Jessica Nolan said. The little girl was more concerned about the safety of the family dog and fascinated by the law enforcement officers that were combing her neighborhood.
Officials warned of downed power lines, trees and other debris on the roadway throughout the Kansas City-area Thursday as the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch and warned storms could continue to develop into the evening. The organization also said similar storms could cause damaging wind, large hail and possible tornadoes throughout parts of Kansas and Missouri as well as the Upper Mississippi and Ohio Valley regions.
In Oak Grove, police posted photos on Twitter of damage from a microburst that hit the city north of Interstate 70. No injuries were reported, but downed trees fell on houses and vehicles.
About 50,000 KCP&L customers were without power, according to an outage map. KCP&L informed concerned customers that outages would likely last through evening, and in some areas until Friday morning. By 6 p.m. Thursday, the number of outages in Jackson and Johnson counties was just over 3,600.
Jessica Nolan said the insurance company said it couldn’t come to the house until Monday. She and her husband tried to remove as many belongings as they could from the home. Grandma and her grandmother’s brother, who also lives at the South 37th Street home, will be staying with them for several days.
“We didn’t want to open any doors that weren’t already opened,” Jessica Nolan said. “In case the tree fell in further.”
Nolan started a GoFundMe page Thursday to raise money to remove the tree.