Severe storms Sunday evening led to tornado warnings.
The threat of severe weather will last until 11 p.m.
Chopper5 tracked a wall cloud over Olathe about 6 p.m. Sunday. No damage was reported after a tornado touched down briefly. The storms also brought heavy rains that led to flash flooding.
A possible tornado touched down in Cass County, MO, just north of Ray-Pec High School Sunday evening.
The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, MO, also issued a tornado warning for central Johnson County, KS.
Cpl. Kevin Tieman with the Cass County Sheriff's Office says no damage has been found, but might find some damage after the storm threat passes.
Authorities are checking for damage in the area of Highway 291 and Highway 58 in Cass County as well as damage in the 195th Street and South School Road.
A line of severe thunderstorms was located about 6 p.m. along a line extending from Lone Jack to Pleasant Hill to East Lynne and moving southeast at 15 mph.
Radar has indicated quarter-size hail and 60 mph wind gusts causing minor damage to vehicles, roofs, windows and minor tree damage with limbs up to 1 inch in diameter broken.
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Loud storms woke many in the area Sunday morning.
KCTV5 Meteorologist Iris Hermosillo says most storms that moved through Kansas City this morning were not severe but did produce heavy rain, lots of lightning, gusty winds and small hail.
While they were loud, most storms in the area remained below severe limits, not quite reaching the severe criteria necessary to issue a severe thunderstorm warning.
Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when radar or a storm spotter indicates that a storm is producing or is capable of producing hail 1 inch or larger in diameter and/or winds equal to or higher than 58 mph.
The strongest wind gust reported in the storms that moved through the metro Sunday morning were about 50 mph. The largest hail was about nickel-size. While they produced a lot of lightning and they were loud, they simply did not qualify as severe storms.
The storms that fired Sunday morning fired along an outflow boundary that was left over from the storms that were ongoing over Nebraska and Iowa overnight. This boundary managed to sink far south into the metro, and with the unstable atmosphere in place, it acted as a trigger and quickly fired off a line of storms.
However, these early storms are not our only threat for storms Sunday.
In fact, a slight risk for severe storm development is possible across the entire metro area this afternoon.
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK, issues slight, moderate or high risks one to three days in advance of severe weather.
These outlooks are used to prepare the local National Weather Service offices, along with emergency management and media, for the risk of severe storms. The use of terms like slight, moderate or high do not necessarily mean "there is a slight risk for storms today" but instead mean "there is a elevated risk for severe weather today."
So while the metro has already had downpours and stronger storms within the area Sunday morning, the slight risk is actually meant to prepare for the severe storms that could redevelop Sunday afternoon.
Stay tuned to KCTV5 and KCTV5.com for the very latest on the severe weather threat.
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