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Tornado near Lee's Summit damages property. Injuries, outages reported elsewhere

EF-0 tornado damages trees, power lines in Lake Lotawana

Patty Corkran, who has lived in Lake Lotawana for 15 years, said this was the worst wind storm she has seen living there. She lost probably 7 to 8 of her 60 trees on her lot.
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Patty Corkran, who has lived in Lake Lotawana for 15 years, said this was the worst wind storm she has seen living there. She lost probably 7 to 8 of her 60 trees on her lot.

A tornado tore a 3.4-mile path Tuesday afternoon through Lake Lotawana east of Kansas City, leaving uprooted trees and damaged power lines in its wake.

The National Weather Service in Kansas City reported the tornado stretched 100 yards at its widest and winds peaked at 80 mph. Its wind strength qualified the tornado as an EF-0, the lowest intensity rating on the Fujita scale.

But Patty Corkran, a Lake Lotawana resident, said many in her neighborhood were surprised by the speed of the twister.

"The neighbor next door said sirens went on after the tornado came through," Corkran said.

Corkran and her family lost about eight trees, some of which are 4 feet in diameter and as tall as 80 feet.

But luckily, there was no structural damage to her home or her neighbors' homes, she said.

"We've been really lucky," she said.

A video provided by the Warrensburg Area Amateur Radio Club, Inc., shows the damage Tuesday’s storm did to a building at a water supply building in Johnson County, Mo. The camera was mounted at the old ATT microwave tower, which sustained damage.

There were no reported injuries in the area.

The tornado spun directly through Lake Lotawana, according to the Weather Service. It also extended to rural Lee's Summit near Northeast Colbern Road and Windsor Drive.

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The tornado's path went through Lake Lotawana. National Weather Service

About 13 miles to the west, at Cerner's Innovations campus in south Kansas City, three people suffered weather-related injuries.

Misti Preston, a spokeswoman for the company, said all the injuries were minor.

"First aid was administered onsite and one was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation and was released," she said by email.

In addition to injuries, as many as 5,000 households and businesses were without power Tuesday.

By Tuesday evening, 2,800 Kansas City customers remained without power, plus about 500 in Lee's Summit and 240 in Lake Lotawana.

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Lots of tree damage are left in Lake Lotawana neighborhoods after a EF-0 tornado hit the area Tuesday afternoon. Shelly Yang syang@kcstar.com

A tornado also touched down on Tuesday near Wichita.

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