Our thoughts and prayers are with those that suffered a loss in the numerous rounds of severe weather this weekend. My heart sank when I heard about the loss of life with the storms in Greensburg because I felt like we didn't do our job in getting the information out to the people. However, after seeing the devastation and looking at the pictures of the tornado, it makes me wonder how there weren't more fatalities from the storm. You can take all of the proper precautions, but in a storm of that magnitude, there is bound to be some loss of life. In case you haven't heard, the tornado did receive an EF 5 rating with estimated winds at 205 mph and at one point was 1.7 miles wide.
The storms were very unusual in the fact that they stayed together for long periods of time and the rotation was just impressive, not to mention the number of tornado reports that we had both Friday and Saturday nights. What a weekend in Kansas weather. It's definitely one we won't soon forget.
It is amazing to see the outpouring of support from Kansans doing everything they can to help out. Thanks to everyone for being patient with us as we covered up more programming this weekend. There is a reason for our continuous coverage and the Greensburg devastation should serve as a reminder of that during future storms. Pictures continue to come into the weather office. I'm posting just a few of them here. Have a great week.