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Friday, March 02, 2012

CSW WEATHER: First Severe Storm Watch of Latest Outbreak Issued Close to Metro Kansas City

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 54 is in effect for a swath of Missouri from west to east as well as a small part of western Illinois until 7 a.m..

Close to Metro Kansas City- the watch includes Cass- Johnson and Lafayette counties in Missouri- including the cities of Harrisonville- Warrensburg and Lexington- as well as counties and cities south and east of these locations such as Boonville- Sedalia and Warsaw.

The watch also includes Columbia and all of Metro St. Louis- according to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC).

The immediate Metro Kansas City counties are NOT included.

Thunderstorms have formed from south-southwest to southeast of Kansas City and are moving northeastward at around 40-50 m.p.h.

The first severe thunderstorm warnings have gone-up around Osceola MO..

This is the beginning of what will likely be a fairly-significant severe weather outbreak with tornadoes across the Middle Mississippi- Lower to middle Ohio and Tennessee River Valleys today.

A "moderate risk of severe weather is expected in those areas throughout the day.

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