June 29, 2014

Tornado touches down near Atchison as storms move through the region

Kansas City area in the clear for tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

A severe storm that spawned tornadoes swept through eastern Kansas and threatened Platte and Buchanan counties in Missouri Sunday evening.

About 9:15 p.m., a tornado was confirmed on the ground close to downtown Atchison, Kan., National Weather Service forecasters in Pleasant Hill reported on Facebook. They urged residents there to take shelter.

Forecasters also extended a tornado warning in Buchanan County until 10 p.m. A few minutes before then, however, the weather service said the tornado threat had diminished, but emphasized that strong thunderstorms still threatened the area.

At 9:20 p.m., weather spotters confirmed a tornado five miles southeast of Rushville, Mo., moving east at 15 mph. Hail the size of half-dollars accompanied the storm, forecasters reported.

The weather service lifted a tornado watch for the Kansas City metropolitan area before midnight.

| The Star

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