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Heavy rains, winds bring damage to Kansas City area

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Severe storms swept through parts of Kansas and Missouri, with the worst damage reported in northeast counties near the Nebraska border. Severe storms swept through parts of Kansas and Missouri, with the worst damage reported in northeast counties near the Nebraska border.
In the northeast Nebraska cities of Norfolk and Blair, residents reported shattered windows in homes and vehicles after baseball-sized hail passed through. (Jeff Caauwe via Twitter) In the northeast Nebraska cities of Norfolk and Blair, residents reported shattered windows in homes and vehicles after baseball-sized hail passed through. (Jeff Caauwe via Twitter)
ATCHISON, KS (KCTV/AP) -

Severe storms swept through parts of Kansas and Missouri, with the worst damage reported in northeast counties near the Nebraska border.

The National Weather Service in Topeka says the heaviest damage from Tuesday's storms was reported in and around Bern, about three miles south of the Nebraska-Kansas border in Nemaha County.

Nemaha County officials say at least one home was destroyed and others were damaged on the west side of Bern. More damage was reported near Everest in Brown County, where more than 2,000 people were without power. The entire city of Hiawatha was without power Tuesday night. Early reports did not include any serious injuries.

Weather service officials plan to be in Nemaha, Brown and Marshall counties Wednesday to determine whether damage was caused by tornadoes or straight-line winds.

The storms brought heavy rains, which have spawned flooding.

Business owners in Atchison are cleaning up after strong winds damaged a car wash.

Many people in Atchison County took cover Tuesday as 50 mph winds blew through the area.

Wes Lanter from the Atchison County Emergency Management said two funnel clouds were spotted near Lancaster but never touched down. The storm downed trees and damaged power lines.

The strong winds mangled a newly renovated awning at Irish Mist car wash on Main Street.

"We had just got done painting it. We are trying to update everything," co-owner Jeff Avey said. "We were getting ready to open maybe Friday. This might hold us back a little bit."

Emergency crews say they do not have any reports of injuries or any damage to homes.

The strong storms knocked out power for thousands of people in the metro.

More than 10,000 customers were without power early Wednesday morning. That is down from the 17,000 reported at the height of the storm.

St. Joseph police are reporting a number of downed trees, as strong winds sent large branches crashing down. Crews are already cleaning up the fallen trees and tree limbs.

A homeowner said he heard a crash about midnight. He said the tree just missed his house.

Authorities are also reporting some power outages in Rushville, MO, located about 50 miles  south of Kansas City. Kansas City Power & Light has been notified and are working to restore the power.

Flooding is the next big concern in the area.

Copyright 2014 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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