Storms sweep through KC area with large hail and damaging wind; tornadoes possible

Strong to severe storms are expected to sweep across the Kansas City area late Tuesday morning, bringing the risk of large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.

The storms are expected to produce heavy rains. Between 1.5 to 2 inches of additional rain are expected to fall in the Kansas City metro area Tuesday.

The strongest storms are expected to move through the area late Tuesday morning and into the afternoon. Areas east of Kansas City in central Missouri appear to have the greater risk of severe weather.

Damaging winds and hail up to the size of a quarter are expected in that area. There is a low risk of tornadoes along a line of storms that is expected to develop, according to the weather service.

Flash flooding will be a major concern throughout the day, according to the weather service. The region already saw rain Monday night and forecasters have warned that ground already soaked will be ripe for flash flooding.

In the Kansas City metro area, a flood warning is in effect for Wyandotte, Leavenworth and Johnson counties in Kansas and Clay and Jackson counties in Missouri until 9:15 a.m. Included in the warning are parts of Ray and Platte counties in Missouri.

Radar indicated that thunderstorms were producing heavy rain at 7:10 a.m., which will cause flooding. Up to 2 inches of rain already have fallen, according to the weather service.

People were warned not to drive into flooded roads. Instead they were urged to turn around.

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Robert A. Cronkleton gets up very early in the morning to bring readers breaking news about crime, transportation and weather at the crack of dawn. He’s been at The Star since 1987 and now contributes data reporting and video editing.