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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Without NWS Weather Radio- Thunderstorms Bring High Water and Lightning Damages to Southern Metro Kansas City

s reported here first in Kansas City Tuesday afternoon- strong thunderstorms brought torrential rainfall and flash flooding to parts of Johnson county Kansas- and extreme southern Jackson and Cass counties in Missouri.

Water rescues were reported from about 4:45 p.m until after 8 p.m. from Overland Park and Leawood into  Cass county.

More than 3-inches of rain fell in less than an hour from southern Overland Park and Leawood into Belton- Raymore and Peculiar.

As of 10 p.m.- more than 4-inches of rain total have fallen since this morning in a swath generally along and east of Metcalf and south of 103rd Street- stretching into northern and central Cass county.

There were several water rescues by West Peculiar- Belton and the Harrisonville MO fire departments Tuesday evening- and a number of roads in the county remain closed due to high water.

The KC-MO Fire department ordered the closing of a small strip mall on 103rd Street west of Wornall Tuesday evening because of rapidly-rising Indian Creek.

No injuries or missing persons have yet been reported.

Lightning struck at least a half-dozen homes and buildings thoughout the southern Metro during the storms.

One lightning-ignited fire in northern Overland Park caused heavy damage to a home near 54th Street and Newton- but no one was hurt.

Through it all- the Kansas City/Pleasant Hill National Weather Service office's VHF weather radio channel- KID-77 on 162.550mhz was off the air.

Residents in this metropolitan area of more than 2-million people had no way their weather radios could alert them of the flash flood and severe thunderstorm- but thankfully not tornado- warnings that were issued today.

More storms are looking on radar to be headed for the southern Kansas City Metro and MetroRegion- from Johnson and Miami counties Kansas and Cass county southward in Missouri during the next hour or so.


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