Large hail, damaging winds threats increasing Wednesday - KCTV5

Storms possible for parts of Missouri, Kansas

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The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the Kansas City area.

A tornado watch was issued until 10 p.m. Wednesday for everyone south of Highway 36. This included the Kansas City metro.

However, the NWS reduced the risk for Kansas City late Wednesday night and extended the watch area south.

Thunderstorm development is still possible overnight. Large hail, heavy rain, gusty winds and isolated tornados are possible.

The moderate risk areas of severe weather will likely stay south of the metro through the day. The moderate risk is where there is a slightly higher tornado risk.

The Storm Predication Center will update the outlook every few hours throughout the afternoon and evening. At this point, it doesn't look like it will move much further north.

"We can't discount the threat for flooding. A flash flood watch is also in effect for the Kansas City area through Thursday," KCTV5 meteorologist Gary Amble said.

Recent rains have the soil primed for quick run-off and with intense rain expected quickly rising rivers and streams could create flooding headaches.

Stay tuned to KCTV5 for updates on severe storms as they warrant.

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