Hawila’s Heads-Up: Severe Storm Update

Thunderstorms are popping up in far northern MO this afternoon. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Nodaway, Worth and Harrison Counties for a cell that produced sub-severe wind gusts (estimated to be 50 MPH so far) and knocked down a few small tree limbs in Sheridan. There were also reports of hail the size of quarters near Grant City. The area of thunderstorm development will eventually shift further south across the entire metro later this evening. Here’s a look at the current watches map as of 4:10 PM

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The main threats with the strongest storms this evening will be damaging winds, large hail and torrential rain. Many times it’s easy to focus on the wind and hail threats from thunderstorms, but the flooding potential this evening needs to be emphasized. The environment this afternoon and evening is highly conducive for efficient, heavy rain producing thunderstorms. In addition, the focus for thunderstorm development is along a slowly moving front sagging south. Storms that fire along it will generally move from west to east. This means as storms become more numerous, heavy rain is likely to train across the same areas for an extended time. Flood prone areas should keep extra alert this evening.

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