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KC could see hail, winds, flooding from severe storms; tornadoes can't be ruled out

Watch as large tornado forms near I-70

A large, wedge tornado takes shape northwest of Salina, near the town of Tescott. The storm was one of several that produced tornadoes across Kansas on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
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A large, wedge tornado takes shape northwest of Salina, near the town of Tescott. The storm was one of several that produced tornadoes across Kansas on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Severe storms are expected to move into the Kansas City area Wednesday evening, bringing the chance of large hail, damaging winds, torrential rains and flash flooding.

Isolated tornadoes early on also cannot be ruled out, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.

The storms are expected to develop Wednesday afternoon across central Kansas. They are expected to move east across Kansas and into Missouri in the evening. As they move east, they will bring the threat of severe weather to far eastern Kansas and northwest Missouri, including the Kansas City area, between 7 p.m. and midnight, according to the National Weather Service..

Areas to the north and west of the Kansas City area are at greater risk for the severe storms, including Topeka, Lawrence, St. Joseph and Leavenworth. However, the metro area, including Kansas City, Overland Park, Kansas City, Kan., and Olathe, remains under the threat of severe weather, most likely in the form of large hail, severe winds and excessive rainfall.

Another round of storms is expected Thursday, with the potential for more severe weather. If severe thunderstorms develop, the main threats will likely be hail, winds and flooding rains. A few tornadoes could also develop.

After the storms move out of the area, the weekend for the Kansas City area is shaping up to be nice, with highs Friday through Sunday in the 70s and low 80s with a slight chance of storms Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday's severe weather comes a day after the first tornadoes of the year strike northern Kansas.

More than a dozen tornadoes, mostly short-lived and causing minimal damage, were reported across central and northern Kansas on Tuesday.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronk
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