April 16, 2024: Tornadoes cut early morning paths across Osage County – Osage County Online | Osage County News

April 16, 2024: Tornadoes cut early morning paths across Osage County

Osage County woke up to tornado warnings Tuesday after two tornadoes touched down along narrow paths through the area. The National Weather Service reported the two EF1 tornadoes left at least two people injured and significant damage to numerous buildings and structures.

The first reported tornado touched down at 5:51 a.m. April 16, 2024, just north of the Eisenhower State Park, with winds up to 110 mph. NWS surveyed the paths of the tornadoes yesterday, and reported this tornado started about a mile north of the state park, traveled north about one mile and then shifted to the northeast about one mile before lifting up at 5:56 a.m. near Salt Creek about two miles west of Lyndon. NWS recorded the tornado’s path as 3.5 miles and its path at 100 yards wide. NWS said that tornado damaged mainly trees and outbuildings in central Osage county, but one home was shifted on its foundation.

Tornado paths in Osage County, April 16, 2024. NWS map.

The next EF1 tornado touched down about 15 minutes later, at 6:07 a.m., about four miles west-southwest of Overbrook, near 197th Street and Berryton Road. That tornado moved north-northeast for approximately 13 miles before ending near the town of Richland in southeast Shawnee County. The tornado had winds up to 100 mph and a path of 75 yards.

NWS reported two people were injured when a RV they were in flipped over. A residence near U.S. Highway 56 and Paulen Road suffered significant damage, including loss of roof material, and other damage. A residence near 121st Street and Shawnee Heights road was reported as having significant window and glass damage, along with damage to a nearby outbuilding. The last surveyed damage in the tornado’s path was at a residence near 105th Street and Shadden Road in Shawnee County. NWS reported the tornado ended at 6:27 a.m. after traveling 12.6 miles

NWS emergency alerts in the area went out about 5:55 a.m. when NWS first reported seeing tight circulation about three miles southwest of Lyndon.

For more details, see NWS Storm Damage Assessment Kit here.


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