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Posted on: March 11, 2022

Severe Weather Preparedness

A picture of a tornado from the National Weather Service website.

While there are many weather events that can impact Kansans, most probably agree that tornadoes rank as the most scary.

Are you ready in case a tornado would strike Louisburg?

A public tornado shelter is located in the basement of the Louisburg Fire Station, 205 S. Metcalf. If the tornado sirens sound, the shelter will open. Residents are directed to park in the lot behind the fire station and enter the shelter in the door at the southeast side of the building. Fire department personnel will be on hand to assist people to enter the building. A lift is available for persons who are unable to navigate the steps to the basement. More information on what to bring to the shelter (yes, you can bring you cat or dog in a kennel) is available in a 2020 issue of  Louisburg Speaks. The newsletter item also shares safety tips like what to do if you’re outside or driving a vehicle when a tornado strikes. And Fire Chief Jerry Rittinghouse always encourages parents to make a family emergency plan, that includes what to do if mom or dad aren’t around and then practice that plan.

Ready.gov provides tips on creating emergency plans. 

Another severe weather event that Kansans are seeing more of are high winds which can result in power outages, damages to buildings and wildfires. Just this past December, high winds of 75-100 mph were recorded around the state and, when coupled with very dry conditions, saw 163,755 acres burned. This storm also caused blowing dust and severe thunderstorms that brought high winds and hail to eastern Kansas. This storm was classified as a Derecho by the Storm Prediction Center. These storms caused more than $15M in damage and killed two persons.

The National Weather Service has information available on its website for other severe weather events in the state like thunderstorms, lightning and flooding.

Some interesting Kansas 2021 weather facts:

  • There were 37 tornadoes reported – which is below the 10-year average of 71 tornadoes
  • The first tornado of 2021 occurred in early March in Douglas County
  • The last tornado was in late October in Reno County
  • Ford County saw the most tornadoes with 4
  • There were 13 days with 1 or more tornado reported in the state
  • Oct. 12 saw the most tornadoes in one day with 12 reported
  • May had the most tornadoes reported with 18
  • Miami County has had 21 tornadoes since record-keeping began in 1590

 

Information provided by the National Weather Service, Kansas Division of Emergency Management and the Kansas Emergency Management Association. Photo from the National Weather Service website. 

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