The rain is finally moving out of the Kansas City area on Sunday, and not a moment too soon.
After relentless weekend storms drenched us with 2 to 6 inches of rain, a flood warning was in effect for much of the area, and a flash flood watch remained on Sunday morning as rain slowly moved east. More than 5 inches fell over the weekend at Kansas City International Airport.
Here’s the good news: July Fourth looks nice and dry, with a bit of sunshine and temperatures in the mid 80s, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo. The high on Sunday is only forecast to reach the mid 70s.
Kansas City Power & Light Co. reported scattered power outages Sunday morning. Most of the areas affected were in eastern Jackson County and in Blue Springs.
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Enjoy the mild weather, because heat will return later in the week, with highs back in the 90s starting on Tuesday and scattered thunderstorms possible throughout the week.
As the deluge continued into Sunday morning, worry turned to flood areas and rising river levels across the central Plains.
“River flooding is a high concern right now,” said Pamela Murray, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill, Mo.
And it’s not wet just in Kansas City. The rain is settling in over much of Missouri.
The Missouri Highway Patrol put multiple troopers on call for the weekend, prepared for what all the heavy rain could cause. Patrol officials reminded motorists not to drive into flooded areas.
“If your vehicle becomes stuck in rising water, get out quickly and move to higher ground,” cautioned a patrol news release. “Flooding earlier this year resulted in several deaths as well as many water rescues.”
The Star’s Laura Bauer and Ian Cummings contributed to this report.