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FRIDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: Storms are firing near Kansas City this afternoon and beginning to push into the viewing area. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for some of mid-Missouri as hail and gusty conditions are expected. Heavy rains will be the biggest threat as flooding is already happening.
Roads around the area are closed because of flooding and more rain today is expected to exacerbate the problem.
The rain will be falling on ground that is already saturated by multiple rounds of rain over the past week. Columbia picked up more than 6 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
ORIGINAL: The ABC17 Stormtrack Weather Team has issued a Weather Alert Day ahead of several rounds of strong to severe thunderstorms Into Friday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch that runs until 7 AM Saturday. Our primary threats from this system will be flooding rains, gusty winds, and large hail.
The amount of moisture in the atmosphere is roughly twice as much as we normally have. This means any storms will have plenty of water to drop, and can do it efficiently. High rainfall rates in many of the same locations with training storms is going to lead to a flash flooding issue.
It's with this second round that our severe threat will ramp back up. Damaging winds and large hail will be the biggest threats again, with a spin up or two possible.
FLOODING WILL BE THE BIGGEST THREAT
With rain becoming more scattered in coverage Saturday, hopefully we can move away from the flooding threat by the afternoon hours, but a Flash Flood Watch runs into Sunday morning for areas roughly along and north of the Missouri River.
For a collection of the flooding ongoing this morning that will constantly be updated, head over to our Storm Updates Blog
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