A cluster of severe thunderstorms rolled through the Kansas City area late Wednesday morning bringing large hail and winds that reached between 60 and 70 mph.
A second round of storms was expected Wednesday evening could lead to flash flooding.
The National Weather Service in Kansas City said via Twitter earlier Wednesday that there have been reports of 60 to 70 mph winds associated with the line of storms that stretch from Topeka to Holton and Hiawatha.
That line of storms held together and when it reached the St. Joseph and Kansas City areas between 10:30 and 11 a.m., winds remained between 60 to 70 mph.
Radar detected winds up to 60 mph moving into the Country Club Plaza and Brookside areas of Kansas City around 11:05 a.m.
Severe thunderstorm warnings that were issued for the Kansas City area, including Buchanan, Platte, Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Johnson Cass, Platte and Clay counties, expired by 11:30 a.m.
Winds of 60 to 70 mph and higher along with nickel-sized hail were seen.
By 10:40 a.m., severe thunderstorms were located along a line from St. Joseph to Ferrelview to Spring Hill. The storms were moving to the east at 40 mph.
The National Weather Service said it was receiving reports of power lines and trees down across Leavenworth County as the storms spread into the Kansas City area.
As of 10:20 a.m., Kansas City Power & Light reported that as many as 20,043 customers in the Kansas City area were without power. By 11:45 a.m. they were down to 18,465.
Meanwhile, the Kansas City, Kan., Board of Public Utility reported that 1,766 customers were without power. Independence Power and Light had about 100 customers out.
The main threats from the strong to severe storms are large hail and damaging winds. An isolated tornado can’t be ruled out, but the risk is low, according to the National Weather Service.
A second round of storms is expected to reach the Kansas City area Wednesday evening, bringing heavy rains. They could last overnight, which could lead to flash flooding and river flooding in some areas, according to the National Weather Service.
The chance for thunderstorms continue the rest of the week through Saturday, but the likelihood that these storms will be severe is low.