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Brace yourself, KC: Another round of damaging storms, isolated tornadoes possible

Storm topples 200-year-old tree, crushes house

Five people escaped a home crushed by a 200-year-old oak tree that came crashing down Wednesday night during a fierce storm that moved through the Kansas City area.
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Five people escaped a home crushed by a 200-year-old oak tree that came crashing down Wednesday night during a fierce storm that moved through the Kansas City area.

A day after a confirmed tornado touched down in Kansas City, the metro area faces the possibility of another round of damaging storms Thursday evening.

A line of severe thunderstorms is expected to sweep across the Kansas City area as the storms move from eastern Kansas into Missouri, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.

The damaging storms are expected to arrive in the Kansas City area as early as 7 p.m., but scattered storms may bubble up across the region beforehand. The main threat from the severe weather will be damaging winds up to 70 mph and large hail up to 2 inches in diameter.

A few isolated tornadoes can't be ruled out in the Kansas City area, but the chances for the twisters are greater in northeastern Kansas and northwestern Missouri. Localized flash flooding is also possible in those areas, according to the National Weather Service.

The larger cities at risk of the severe weather Thursday include Kansas City, Overland Park, Kansas City, Kan., Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The storms are not expected to be as severe as the ones that moved through the Kansas City area Wednesday.

Once the storms clear, the weekend is shaping up to be a nice one. The highs are expected to be in the mid-70s to lower 80s Friday through Sunday. The next chance of rain doesn't come until early next week.

Mission Trail Elementary at 133rd and Mission Rd. in Leawood is without power after strong winds toppled power lines in the area forcing the school to cancel classes Thursday May 3, 2018.

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