A vicious storm tore through the Kansas City area Tuesday, spawning tornadoes that downed trees and power lines, damaged homes, and injured at least a dozen people in the latest barrage of severe weather that saw tornado warnings as far east as New York City, the AP reports. Parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey also were under tornado warnings Tuesday, hours after a swarm of tightly packed twisters swept through Indiana and Ohio overnight, smashing homes, blowing out windows, and ending the school year early for some students because of damage to buildings. One person was killed and at least 130 were injured. The storms in Kansas City on Tuesday were the 12th straight day that at least eight tornadoes were reported to the National Weather Service, which is a new record.
A large and dangerous tornado touched down on the western edge of Kansas City, Kansas, late Tuesday, the National Weather Service office reported. At least a dozen people were admitted to the hospital in Lawrence, 40 miles west of downtown Kansas City, Mo. Damage also was reported in the towns of Linwood, Bonner Springs, and Pleasant Grove in Kansas. But the Kansas City metropolitan area of about 2.1 million people appeared to have been spared the direct hit that was feared earlier in the evening when the weather service announced a tornado emergency. Patrick Marsh, a Storm Prediction Center meteorologist, says high pressure over the Southeast and an unusually cold trough over the Rockies are forcing warm, moist air into the central US, triggering repeated severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. He says neither system is showing signs of moving.
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