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Afternoon thunderstorms could bring torrential rain and possible hail to Kansas City

Hard, driving rain begins in Kansas City

A hard, driving rain can be seen as cars cross in the southbound lanes of the Heart of America bridge into downtown Kansas City Tuesday afternoon.
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A hard, driving rain can be seen as cars cross in the southbound lanes of the Heart of America bridge into downtown Kansas City Tuesday afternoon.

The Kansas City region may be in for hail, torrential rain and lightning this afternoon when scattered rain showers give way to more severe weather, the National Weather Service said Saturday.

“If you have outdoor plans today, you might want to have a contingency plan,” the weather service tweeted, indicating that isolated strong to severe storms could pick up by noon.

It predicted widespread thunderstorms across the region, and said Kansas City will be most at risk for isolated instances of hail in the late morning and afternoon.

In some areas, wind could get up to 60 mph. The weather service predicted a second round of storms in the evening from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Around 10 a.m. a tornado watch was issued for southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri counties until 5 p.m. In Missouri, the watch included counties south of Clinton and Sedalia down to Joplin. In Kansas, it included counties east of El Dorado and Arkansas City and south of Emporia.

More storms with heavy rainfall are expected Monday night through Tuesday.

The weather prompts concerns of flash and river floods for next week.

“Flooding concerns will increase as rain chances return this weekend and carry into the work week,” the weather service said in a report. “Points along the Missouri River will remain in flood for several more days, if not weeks, with the new storms.”

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