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Fast-moving storm dumps 2 inches of rain, leaves thousands without power

A fast moving severe thunderstorm swept through the southern part of the Kansas City area Wednesday morning, dumping more than 2 inches of rain in some areas and leaving thousands of people without power.

The storms were moving out of the Kansas City area but left behind downed trees and power lines.

More than 5,800 customers were without power late Wednesday morning, Kansas City Power & Light reported on its website. By 3:30, that number was down to 695 customers, mostly in Johnson County.

The line of storms moved into the Kansas City metropolitan area shortly before 9 a.m. The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning for several counties.

The storms brought torrential rain with strong wind gusts. Some areas in southern Johnson County saw more than 2 inches of rain in a three-hour period ending about 11:30 a.m., according to StormWatch data.

The storms were expected to move off to the east, leaving the Kansas City area with hot and humid conditions in the afternoon. Highs were expected to reach into the lower 90s, according to the National Weather Service.

Another round of storms is possible later Wednesday evening and night. Large hail and strong winds are likely with any severe storm activity, according to the National Weather Service.

Chances for showers and thunderstorms are likely to continue through the remainder of the work week as hot and humid conditions persist through the upcoming weekend.

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com.

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