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June 2, 2014

Severe storms could be headed KC’s way Tuesday evening

The Kansas City area has a moderate risk of severe storms Tuesday evening as a strong group of thunderstorms move across northern Kansas and Missouri. Wind damage, heavy rains and tornadoes are possible.

Severe storms could be headed Kansas City’s way Tuesday evening as a strong group of thunderstorms move through the region.

The storms could bring large hail, damaging wind, heavy rains and a strong tornadoes.

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Service has placed the Kansas City area under a moderate risk for severe storms.

However, the areas with the highest chances for the severe storms are northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri, north of U.36 at St. Joseph.

Areas south of Kansas City are under a slight risk for severe storms.

The National Weather Service is warning on its Facebook page that this could be a significant severe weather event.

The storms are expected to develop over Nebraska and northern Kansas Tuesday afternoon, spreading into Iowa and northern Missouri Tuesday evening and overnight.

The heaviest rainfall is expected across northern Missouri into southern Iowa, which could lead to flash flooding across northern Missouri Tuesday night and minor river flooding later in the week, according to the National Weather Service.

Rainfall totals could range from a 1/2 inch in the Kansas City area to 3 inches in Iowa.

Several rounds of thunderstorms are possible Thursday and into the weekend. These storms could also be strong to severe and might produce heavy rainfall.

The multiple rounds of thunderstorms increases the chance of flooding later this week.

The storms that moved through the Kansas City area Sunday night brought widespread rains to the metro.

Several areas north of Interstate 70 saw more than an inch of rainfall.

About 1.26 inches of ran fell at Kansas City International Airport during the 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m. Monday. Rain totals for other areas include 1.25 inches in St. Joseph, 1.05 inches at Kansas City Downtown Airport, .69 inches at Johnson County Executive Airport, .60 at Olathe New Century AirCenter, .79 inches in Chillicothe, .05 in Kirksville, .27 in Sedalia, .83 in Lee’s Summit and .38 at Whiteman Air Force Base.

As for Monday, a few storms are possible in the afternoon, but no severe weather is expected.

Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com

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