Menacing severe thunderstorms knocked out power and frightened some northwest Missouri residents Tuesday night.
Some residents took photos of what appeared to be a funnel cloud coming down from the clouds, but no tornado warnings were issued. No significant damage was reported from the storms with downed power lines, limbs and knocked over items being the main reports.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch in effect until 1 a.m. Wednesday for parts of northwest Missouri. This watch was expanded just before 10 p.m. to include most of the Kansas City metro area.
The storms started firing in northwest Missouri just after 4 p.m. Tuesday and will last through the overnight hours.
The original tornado watch was until 7 p.m. and slightly further north and west.
Highs on Tuesday approached 90 degrees.
Parts of the Kansas City metro are included in a slight risk for severe weather just in case this complex storm system takes more of a southerly jog. Storms firing in western Kansas could reach the Kansas City area after 1 a.m. Wednesday.
The National Weather Service is warning that this could be a significant severe weather event. Severe weather has pummeled parts of Nebraska and Iowa including Omaha.
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