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2015_07_06_Storm_1The Statue of Eudora and Pascal Fish in CPA Park are covered in tree limbs following the storm that rolled through Eudora Monday night. (Photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)

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Around 5:15 PM Monday night heavy storms rolled through the Eudora area.  Tornado warnings had been issued by the National Weather Service prior to the storms coming through. As of post time, there has been no confirmation that a tornado touched down or was radar indicated. Wind speeds were extremely high through town during the height of the storm.

Much of the damage was in the area of Downtown Eudora. CPA park saw significant tree damage as did streets on both the east and west side of downtown. Many limbs were down along Church Street and Elm Street between 7th and 10th.  No buildings seemed to be damaged in downtown.

Daniel Taylor, a resident at 8th and Church Street told us that he was paying attention to his weather radio when the warnings came across.

“It was real quick after the warnings went off,” Taylor said. “I was in the breezeway and one of the windows blew out in there and just barely missed me.”

Taylor said he and his wife Courtney took shelter in the home very quickly following that.

2015_07_06_Storm_2Looking east on 8th Street at Church Street. (Photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)

“What I heard was crazy, it was like a high pitched whistle,” Taylor said. “One of the rockers on the front porch was blown across the street towards St. Paul United Church of Christ and smashed to pieces.”

Taylor indicated that there appeared to be some minor house damage besides the window. His front yard was littered with tree limbs and several trees that had been sheared off several feet off the ground.

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A tree in Daniel Taylor’s front yard was sheared off and several limbs clipped by the storm (Photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)

At this time, there are no reports of anyone being injured.  Power is out to a significant portion of the downtown area.  City crews are already in the area attempting to get power restored and debris off the roads.  City officials were unavailable to let us know how significant the power outage is or when power would be restored to those affected.

 

 

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2014-08-06_Storm_Damage_1Storms knocked down limbs and trees in few isolated locations on Thursday afternoon. This picture was taken in the 800 block of Locust street. (Photo courtesy The Eudora Public Works Department)

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Heavy winds and rain moved through Eudora on Thursday afternoon causing tree damage and power outages in a few locations.

According to Public Works Director Mike Hutto, the city had five power outages in the city following the storm.  Three of those outages were due to tree limbs falling across power lines.  In the 800 block of Locust street, a downed tree blocked traffic for approximately three hours as city crews worked to clean up the debris.  Power was restored to all the affected customers in less than two hours following the storm.

Lightning continues on through the evening and a second round of storms moved through the area around 10:00 P.M.  We received reports of brief power outages in the city during the second round of storms, but no significant damage reported.

Weather spotter Ken Lawson reported via Twitter that he measured 1.79 inches of rain on Thursday.   Forecasters predict a couple of calm days today and tomorrow with a chance of scattered thunderstorms storms on Sunday.

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Tornado Crossing Countryside

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2:00 PM Update:  The tornado watch is still in effect until 8:00 PM this evening, but has been reduced to just four counties: Anderson, Coffey, Douglas and Franklin.  After some strong storms rolled through the area this afternoon, skies have cleared for the time being with those storms moving off to the northeast.

We will continue to keep you updated on any possible severe weather in our area as the day goes on.

Original Story:

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a Tornado Watch effective until 8:00 PM Thursday evening for the Eudora area.

Counties included in the watch are:  Anderson, Brown, Coffey, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Lyon, Osage and Shawnee.

A watch means that conditions are conducive to severe thunderstorms that can produce tornadoes but no current activity has been sighted. These storms can produce gusty winds and large hail as well.

At 1:00 PM, a thunderstorm line containing some cells of strong to severe weather were located southwest of Eudora near Baldwin City and stretched southward to Burlington and moving to the northeast quickly.

We will keep an eye on conditions and update this story as necessary.

 

 

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Cancelled

 

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Here is a list of closings and cancellations for Monday March 3, 2014.

– USD 491, All district schools, including the Eudora-De Soto Technical Education Center, will be closed.

– Amanda’s Dance Academy no classes

– Eudora Public Library closed.

As always we will update this list when we receive further closings.

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Winter Forest

 

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The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the eastern half of Kansas.  The watch begins at 6:00 PM Saturday and continues until 6:00 AM Monday.

Forecasters predict that a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain will overspread the area on Saturday night before changing over to all snow sometime on Sunday.  Potential exists for bands of moderate to heavy snow to occur late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.  The NWS says the snow will diminish Sunday night before finally ending on Monday morning.  As if that not enough for you, winds should be 10 – 20 m.p.h. with gusts near 30 m.p.h. which will cause blowing and drifting snow as well.

Total accumulations for the storm could range from 3 to 8 inches of snow, 1/2 inch of sleet and 1/10 inch of ice. Wind chills Saturday night are expected to be -10 to -20 below as well.

All of this, if received, will lead to hazardous driving conditions Saturday night through Monday morning. Motorists are urged that if the storm does hit, travel should be discouraged unless absolutely necessary. Motorists will want to plan on extra time to reach their destinations and make sure to have emergency preparedness kits in their vehicle in case of being stranded on roadways.

We will keep you up to date over the weekend if and when the storm arrives in the area. And, just a reminder, don’t shoot the messenger.

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