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Saturday storms force event cancellations, changes in Kansas City metro

Posted at 5:09 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-18 18:18:38-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, 4:59 p.m. | Olathe South's graduation has been moved inside to the Olathe Northwest gymnasium. The start time of 7 p.m. remains unchanged.

UPDATE, 2:45 p.m. | Worlds of Fun announced it was closing early due to inclement weather and would be closed Sunday for a private event.

UPDATE, 9:30 a.m. | Olathe North's graduation has been moved inside to the Olathe Northwest gymnasium. The start time of 2 p.m. remains unchanged. A decision about the Olathe South graduation at 7 p.m. will be made this afternoon.

EARLIER | The threat of severe weather Saturday has event organizers making alternative plans or forcing them to cancel events.

Citing Saturday’s forecast, Leavenworth High School said Friday that it will move the commencement ceremony inside to the Main Gym.

Olathe South and Olathe North high schools both have graduation ceremonies scheduled for Saturday at the College Boulevard Activity Center.

A district spokesperson said the district is monitoring the weather and will make a decision three hours before ceremonies start.

In case of storms, graduation will be moved inside to the adjacent Olathe Northwest High School gym.

The district plans to notify parents via e-mail, social media and the district’s website.

Lee’s Summit has canceled its Big Truck and Equipment show scheduled for Saturday. No make-up date has been announced.

The National Weather Service has the entire Kansas City metropolitan area in a slight risk zone for severe weather on Saturday.

Saturday’s rainfall is just the first round of wet weather pattern.

41 Action News Chief Meteorologist Gary Lezak said excessive rainfall may lead to flooding concerns in the next 10 days.