Sun May 19, 2013
Spring Storm Brings High Wind, Heavy Rain
Update 8:33 p.m. Spring Storms Move East Out Of Metro:
The spring storm system that rolled through the Kansas City area Sunday evening brought heavy rain and high winds, but had dissipated enough to spare the region from the large hail and tornado-producing conditions that racked parts of Kansas and Oklahoma.
Still, thousands of homes and businesses were without power Sunday night and there were numerous reports of downed trees.
The National Weather Services is predicting another round of severe thunderstorms will roll into the Kansas City area Monday afternoon.
Update 7:30 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued:
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Missouri including Jackson county, Cass county and Clay county.
You can read a complete list of Missouri counties under warning at the National Weather Service website.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for the Kansas City area, expected to last until at least 10 p.m.
The massive storm is expected to bring quarter-sized hail, heavy rain and damaging winds. As usual with this type of storm, tornadoes are also possible.
A tornado watch has also been issued for other parts of Missouri until 1 a.m. Monday. This watch includes Joplin, Springfield and Columbia.
Earlier Sunday evening strong winds, large hail and heavy rains pelted parts of Oklahoma and south-central Kansas.
Two tornados were spotted in the Wichita area around 4 p.m., another was spotted outside of Emporia, Kan. just before 6 p.m.