The new round of storms that moved into the Kansas City area Thursday morning cleared by midday, but not before bringing the threat of flooding.
A flood advisory for Johnson and Jackson counties in the metro area ended at 11 a.m. Thursday. The advisory was issued after radar indicated that heavy rain was falling from thunderstorms that were moving through the area.
The precipitation was falling on areas that had already seen 3 to 5 inches of rain from the storms that swept across the area Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo.
Another round of strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible Thursday evening, bringing the risk of additional heavy rains, lightning, gusty winds and flooding.
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More rain is expected through Sunday, with as much as 3 inches possible, keeping concerns about flooding high for the next several days.
Thursday storms are tracking over an area already saturated by heavy rainfall. Several rounds of strong to severe thunderstorms rolled through the Kansas City area Wednesday.
There was at least one storm related fatality. A driver died Wednesday night after crashing into a tree along the Paseo. The driver was traveling at a high speed when the truck hydroplaned.
As of 7:30 a.m., Kansas City Power & Light was reporting 237 customers were without power. The areas with the most outages are in Kansas City, Leawood, Lee’s Summit, Prairie Village and Liberty. Meanwhile, 26 Kansas City Board of Public Utilities customers and six Independence Power & Light customers were without power.
Despite the severity of Wednesday’s storms, there was little damage reported in the metro.
Power lines covering U.S. 169 in Olathe kept the highway closed Thursday morning from 159th to 175th streets.
The highway opened again Thursday afternoon, though southbound traffic was restricted to one lane from 162nd to 167th streets as repair crews continued working.
More than a dozen power poles reportedly were knocked down in the Wednesday storm and several crews worked to fix them Thursday.
Tree damage was also reported near Shannon Valley Estates, just south of Corporate Woods in Overland Park.
A tornado warning was issued Wednesday night for parts of southeastern Jackson County and Johnson and Lafayette counties in Missouri. No tornado sightings were reported, although a funnel cloud was viewed from the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.
Later, a tornado warning was issued for Saline County until 10:45 p.m.
When the storms moved into the Kansas City area shortly before 8 p.m., reports of golf-ball-sized hail and 60 mph winds were reported in nearby Kansas counties.
The storms dumped between 1 and 5 inches of rain across much of the metropolitan area. More than 5 inches of rain fell in Leawood at Mission Road and Indian Creek.
The southern part of the metropolitan area saw the heaviest rainfall Wednesday. Kansas City International Airport reported a record rainfall of 1.77 inches of rain for that date. The previous record was 1.64 inches, set in 1962.
Meanwhile, the Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City had 1.28 inches, Johnson County Executive Airport in Overland Park had 2.42 inches, and Independence had 3.12 inches.
The Star’s Ian Cummings contributed to this report.