tornadoes

SEMA funds new tornado safe room in Morgan County

May 6, 2014

Morgan County R-2 School District has finalized plans for a new auditorium. The district will use a grant from the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency—or SEMA, to help finance the project. Plans for the new auditorium call for the building to double as a safe room for tornadoes.

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Update 4/4/14 8:13 a.m.: (AP) As a second wave of violent weather rolled through eastern Missouri, it brought scattered reports of tornado sightings. The public reported a tornado shortly after 7 last night near the town of Washington, Missouri, but Franklin County emergency management director Abraham Cook says there were no immediate reports of damage or injury. A tornado touched down briefly around 5:30 yesterday morning in the St. Louis suburb of University City.

Tornadoes map
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Mid-Missouri got a taste of tornado season Thursday as the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for southern Boone County. To get some historical perspective on how twisters have ravaged the U.S., we've built a map showing all of the nation's tornadoes from 1950-2012. It uses data from TornadoHistoryProject.com, which in turn pulls its numbers from the weather service's Storm Prediction Center.

What happens in CoMo when the twisters come

Nov 22, 2013

 In this week's CoMo Explained we breakdown tornado prediction, the siren system and explain how 'Tornado Alley' works.

They're quiet unobtrusive until they're not: tornado sirens. About 80 of them dot Boone County with the majority of them in a few mile radius of downtown. This week we wondered--how do those sirens get turned on?

The National Weather Service confirms that two small tornadoes touched down in southwest Missouri as a powerful storm system swept across the state.

No injuries were reported from either twister, which occurred about 20 minutes apart shortly before noon Tuesday.

Newscast for April 16, 2012

Apr 16, 2012
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • A hearing reviewing new evidence from the Kent Heitholt murder trial starts Monday.
  • Severe weekend storms batter Oklahoma and other plains states.
  • Less than one-half of one percent of Missouri voters showed up for the last GOP caucuses.