Dark clouds and tornado spotted near Effingham, Kansas
Update: A tornado watch which was issued for parts of Missouri and Kansas has since been canceled in the Kansas City area, the National Weather Service said on Twitter at 9 p.m. Friday.
A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Missouri and Kansas, including the Kansas City area, according to the National Weather Service.
The weather service said “a couple” of tornadoes, isolated hail up to the size of a ping pong ball and scattered gusts up to 70 mph are possible Friday night.
The watch is in effect now until midnight, and includes Jackson, Clay, Platte and Cass counties on the Missouri side of the Kansas City metro and Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Johnson and Miami counties in Kansas.
The weather service, based in Pleasant Hill, is also warning of “dangerous” flash flooding as well as severe thunderstorms, which are expected to extend from north-central Missouri into northeastern Kansas Friday evening. “A few tornadoes cannot be ruled out,” it said in its situation report Friday.