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Tornado watch also canceled for Cass and Miami counties

Updated: 2013-04-18T01:18:26Z

By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON and MATT CAMPBELL

The Kansas City Star

The tornado watch has now been canceled for Cass and Miami counties as well as the rest of the metro Kansas City area.

The National Weather Service lifted the watch just before 8 p.m. The watch remains in effect until 10 p.m. for for Linn County in Kansas and Cooper, Pettis, Bates and Henry counties in Missouri.

A tornado watch also remains in effect for southeastern Kansas and southwestern Missouri, continuing in a northeastward band through the St. Louis area.

The Kansas City region remains under a flood alert.

While 1 to 2 inches of rain is likely, up to four inches of rain is expected to fall in some areas.

Motorists are urged not to drive through flood waters because as little as 6 inches of water may cause a driver to lose control. Two feet of water will carry most vehicles away.

Some of the storms are expected to be severe with the biggest threat being large hail and damaging winds.

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com. On Twitter at @cronkb.

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