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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Severe Storms- Excessive Rainfall Possible in Kansas City MetroRegion

ith overnight rainfalls of 5 to 10 inches just 75-100 miles northeast of Metro Kansas City- later today through Wednesday morning brings yet another chance of severe storms and flooding rains- this time including or very near to Metro K.C..

The Day 1 "Convective Outlook (storm/severe storm forecast)" from the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) says a little more than the northern half of the MetroRegion- including Metro K.C.- could see some severe thunderstorms by Wednesday morning.

The severe threat is for possible large hail and severe wind gusts- but as with every severe thunderstorm- a brief tornado cannot be ruled out.

Also- the SPC has Metro Kansas City on the edge of another "slight risk" area for severe storms on Wednesday through Thursday morning too.

In addition- the Hydro Prediction Center (HPC) has the northern half of the K.C. MetroRegion is a "slight" risk area of excessive rainfall.

The danger issue here will be the torrential rains during the stronger storms- with rain rates of 1.5 to 3-inches an hour not out of the question and rains so hard you can't easily tell if you're driving into a flash flood situation.

CSW will advise if any severe storm watches are issued for Metro Kansas City and environs.

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