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Insider Blog: Damaging winds possible this evening

Strong south winds have helped shatter temperature records across Mid-Missouri this afternoon, but more pressing will be the threat for storms given the ripe environment this evening.

A cold front moving into a moisture-rich, warm environment has triggered a line of strong to severe thunderstorms moving out of Kansas into far western Missouri Wednesday evening. That squall line will continue to progress east through midnight, bringing the potential for isolated damaging winds across Mid-Missouri.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect through midnight for much of the area for the potential of 60-80 mph along the line. The threat will diminish as the line tracks east into the St. Louis region and loses intensity.

Wind damage has been reported in the Kansas City area with power outages in St. Joseph. Power outages and tree damage will be possible, especially for areas west of Highway 63. Storms are moving at 50-60 mph, so warnings will likely be issued quickly. Make sure you have a way to receive alerts through late this evening.

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Jessica Hafner

Jessica Hafner returned to ABC 17 News as chief meteorologist in 2019 after working here under Sharon Ray from 2014 to 2016.

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