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Storms leave behind wind damage, flooding in eastern KC

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Posted at 5:29 AM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 09:00:26-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, 8 a.m. | All watches and warnings in the metro area have expired, leaving the city to dry out.

That process might take longer in some areas than others.

41 Action News reporter Dan Cohen was near the intersection of Chouteau and Belmont Wednesday morning where three cars became stuck in high water.

The drivers were all safely rescued, and the cars towed from the scene.

EARLIER | Parts of the Kansas City metro area were under a severe thunderstorm watch early Wednesday morning.

A warning was issued for Platte and Leavenworth counties until 4:45 a.m. The front line of the storm then moved south toward Clay and Clinton counties, with most of the metro on both the Missouri and Kansas side included in warnings.

The danger in the storm is high wind, with gusts between 50 and 70 miles per hour expected.

The National Weather Service advised residents in the area of Liberty, Excelsior Springs and Independence to take cover because of the high wind around 5:15 a.m.

A tornado warning was issued for Buckner and Grain Valley at 5:30 a.m. Meteorologist Lindsey Anderson said there was weak rotation visible on the radar and people in that area should take shelter.

The greatest danger was between U.S. 24 and Truman Road just south of Buckner until 5:45.

41 Action News has crews headed toward Buckner to see if there is any damage. There is no officials report of a tornado touch down at this time.

As of 6 a.m., 6,600 Evergy customers were without power, with those outages centered around Clay County and eastern Jackson County. Those jumped to over 10,000 by 7 a.m. as the storm continued east.

Another spot of low rotation was visible on radar near Lee's Summit around 6 a.m. but did not produce a tornado warning.

As the storm blasted east, the major threat to the Kansas City area became flooding. Areas like Liberty, Independence, Buckner and Blue Springs received one to two inches of rain in a matter of an hour.

This story will continue to be updated.