The National Weather Service determined an EF-1 tornado caused damage in Johnson County Wednesday night with winds estimated to peak at 98 miles per hour. A 4.7-mile path of damage stretched from southern Overland Park into Leawood with minor damage to structures, trees and power lines.
The Johnson County’s Emergency Operations Center activated late yesterday and staff monitored the storm system as it moved in and through the county.
“The two tornado warnings we had last night in Johnson County were our first since 2015,” said Deputy Director Dan Robeson, Johnson County Emergency Management. “Sirens were sounded in areas of Johnson County where the storm system was moving through, but the warning did not affect northern portions of the county.”
County officials received some reports of sirens not sounding in parts of southern Johnson County and have reported those to siren vendors to determine if there were issues.
“We encourage residents to remember that sirens are only outdoor warnings and should not be relied upon when inside your home,” Robeson said.
County officials also received questions about NotifyJoCo alerts and determined the system operated correctly and only notified residents in areas of the county which were under tornado warnings.
No injuries were reported and the county did not receive any requests for assistance from cities.