Storms pass through Kansas City area with more on the way

Kansas City rode out another spring storm relatively unscathed Monday evening, but the threat of severe weather continues to loom this week.

A severe thunderstorm watch issued for parts of northeast Kansas and the Kansas City area expired at 9 p.m.

Walt Otto, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, said their office received reports of one-half inch to 1 inch of rain as well as some downed tree branches.

In Miami County, golf-ball-sized hail was reported along with 70 mph winds.

Another round of rainfall is expected early Tuesday, about 4 to 5 a.m. Storms are then expected to depart, only to return by Tuesday evening and into Wednesday when they could be severe.

Otto said the Kansas City area is stuck in a pattern of “a parade of storms.”

The precipitation has prompted a flash flood watch covering several counties in western Missouri through late Wednesday night.

Otto urged drivers to be prudent in areas that may be flooded.

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Katie Moore covers crime and justice issues for The Star. She is a University of Kansas graduate and was previously a reporter in her hometown of Topeka, Kansas.