Entire metro area under a severe thunderstorm watch until 5 a.m.

04/02/2014 10:16 PM

04/02/2014 10:16 PM

The entire Kansas City metropolitan area is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 5 a.m.

Areas to the south of Kansas City were under a severe thunderstorm warning Wednesday night while much of the area remained under a flash food watch

The National Weather Service said the storm systems, which could produce large hail, damaging winds and flash flooding, were moving east.

There’s also a chance of severe storms Thursday along a line that stretches southeast of Kansas City to Kirksville.

The flash flood watch is in effect through Thursday evening for Johnson and Miami counties in Kansas, and Cass, Jackson, Lafayette, Saline, Howard, Pettis, Johnson and Cooper counties in Missouri.

Earlier Wednesday, two lanes were closed near Interstate 70/670 when a tractor-trailer jack-knifed on eastbound I-70, but nobody was reported injured.

Other wrecks popped up across the metropolitan area as the storms moved through including:

• Westbound Interstate 70 at Paseo Boulevard, which was cleared about 6:20 a.m.

• Northbound Interstate 435 at 23rd Street, which was cleared about 6:40 a.m.

• Southbound Interstate 35 past Johnson Drive at about 7:05 a.m.

• Westbound Interstate 435 at State Line.

Water was reported over the roadway along northbound Interstate 35 at 75th Street at 7:30 a.m.

Wednesday morning’s storms knocked out the power for 3,208 of Kansas City Power Light’s customers. The outages were primarily on the Missouri side, in southern Kansas City, Grandview and Lee’s Summit.

Meanwhile the Kansas City, Kan., the Board of Public Utilities reported two outages affecting about 240 customers. The biggest area without power was just west of Rosedale Park in southern Kansas City, Kan.

Westar Energy reported that about 190 customers were without power in Johnson and Leavenworth counties.

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