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Kansas City area under severe thunderstorm, flash flood watch this weekend

A severe thunderstorm watch and a flash flood watch have been issued ahead of the storms that are expected to roll through the region, including the Kansas City area, on Saturday night and Sunday.

The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, announced a severe thunderstorm watch was in effect through 10 p.m. Saturday for parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, including Kansas City. Later in the night, the weather service extended the severe thunderstorm watch for parts of the Kansas City metro until 5 a.m. Sunday.

Earlier Saturday, the weather service said a “couple” of tornadoes, hail up to “lime-size,” and widespread gusts up to 70 mph were possible.

A flash flood watch is also expected to be in effect from 7 p.m. Saturday through 2 a.m. Monday for parts of Kansas and Missouri, including Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Jackson, Clay, Platte, Cass and Lafayette counties in Missouri.

“In addition to the severe threat, heavy rain will be possible with these storms. 1 to 4 (inches) of rain will be possible leading to potential flash flooding,” the weather service said in a tweet posted Saturday afternoon.

Thunderstorms “capable of producing very heavy rainfall” are expected to develop Saturday night and persist through the day on Sunday, the flash flood watch said.

These storms, combined with the wet soils from the recent rainfall, may lead to flash flooding.

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Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.