Bands of heavy rain moved across moved across the Kansas City area Monday night, flooding low lying areas and prompting flash flood warnings into Tuesday morning.
The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill issued a flash flood warning for Jackson, Clay, Platte and Wyandotte counties. The weather service said another 1-3 inches of rain could fall Monday evening in Kansas City’s Northland and flooding there was expected to recur.
More heavy rains were also were expected between Kansas City International Airport and St. Joseph and Atchison, Kan.
Heavy storms were also moving across Johnson County and south Kansas City.
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High water was reported on I-35 in the downtown Kansas City loop and in the usual low-lying sections of Southwest Boulevard.
Power outages were spreading across the metro area. In downtown Kansas City, power to the Kansas City Star building was knocked out.
Earlier Monday afternoon, a severe thunderstorm battered the Northland, and emergency crews conducted several high-water rescues after vehicles became stranded.
Firefighters responded to at least six instances of vehicles being stuck in high water within a few minutes Monday afternoon.
Other incidents of street flooding were reported in Liberty, Gladstone and other Northland cities.
A flood advisory was in effect Monday evening for Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Platte and Clay counties where up to 2 inches of rain has already fallen.
The second round of storms Monday night in northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri were expected to move to the southeast, exiting the area by late Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.