WATCH: Tornado spins through neighborhood near Kansas City

Severe storm causes tree damage and knocks down power lines

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. – A tornado moved through the Kansas City metro area early Wednesday morning as tornado sirens blared across multiple counties. 

Video showed a dangerous large funnel cloud moving north of Kansas City as lightning flashed and the wind whipped around large trees. Jay Phillips recorded the video at the top of this story from his front porch in Greenwood, Missouri looking toward Lee's Summit. 

As the tornado headed toward Lee’s Summit, the storm caused damage to tree limbs, downed a few power lines and blew around loose objects. The storm caused no significant structural damage, Lee's Summit Fire Department officials said. Daylight will allow crews to better assess the damage.


Evergy reported that 607 Lee’s Summit customers were without power just after the storm. That number was down to 249 at 4 a.m. Central.

Lee's Summit firefighters responded to a house fire about 2 a.m. near Northeast Jamestown Drive and Northeast Freehold Court. The 911 caller reported a fire in the attic. When crews arrived, there was fire showing from the roof.

The fire was under control about 20 minutes later. The cause of the fire was determined to be a lightning strike, authorities said.


The National Weather Service Office in Kansas City was serving the damages Wednesday after the storm. Their initial findings indicate an EF-1 rated tornado in Johnson and Jackson counties. 

According to the NWS Kansas City, the tornado track spanned 14 miles long and was 125 yards wide. Maximum wind speeds were estimated to be 100 mph.

The tornado was possibly recorded on a home security camera in Leawood, Kansas between Ensley Lane and Belinder Road.

North of Kansas City, damages were reported near Platte Woods where a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was in place until 2 a.m. Central. Parts of Lafayette and Ray counties were under a Tornado Warning until 2:15 a.m.

Jim Calhoun shared these photos of twisted tree tops and large fallen branches after the storm passed.