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Severe weather impacts travel, weekend plans in Kansas City

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Posted at 7:09 PM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 23:34:43-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Severe weather is rolling into the Kansas City area and the gloomy forecast already is having an impact on travel and weekend plans.

The Liberty Fall Festival announced that it would close for the remainder of the evening around 6:30 p.m. due to the weather.

Within minutes, the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill reported that half-dollar-sized hail had arrived at Kansas City International Airport.

Shortly before 7 p.m., a spokesman for KCI told 41 Action News that no planes were taking off or landing due to the hailstorm.

The entire KC area is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 2 a.m. Saturday with tornadoes and tennis-ball-sized possible. Wind gusts up to 75 mph also are possible with the approaching storms.

Lansing, Smithville, Parkville, Kearney and Excelsior Springs were among the cities placed under a flash flood warning until 9:45 p.m., according to a tweet from the National Weather Service.

Shortly before 8 p.m., a radar-indicated tornado was prompted a warning from the National Weather Service in Topeka for southern Douglas County and parts of Franklin and Osage counties until 8:30 p.m.

The tornado warning for Franklin and Osage counties quickly expired, but the warning remained in effect until 8:22 p.m. in Douglas County.

As the storm moved east, Gardner, Olathe, De Soto and Bonner Springs were placed under a severe thunderstorm warning until 9:30 p.m. as a storm capable of producing 60 mph winds and pea-sized hail roared into the Kansas City suburbs.

The threat of severe weather Saturday night also has impacted the Kansas City Royals’ final homestand.

Liberty and Gladstone were among the towns placed under a severe thunderstorm warning under 7:45 p.m. by the National Weather Service.

Eventually, the thunderstorm warning was extended to 10 p.m. and included parts of Jackson County on the Missouri side, including Grandview and Raytown.

The storm continued to carve a path directly across the metro, rolling through Grain Valley, Oak Grove, Buckner and Odessa as it moved away from the metro after 10 p.m.

Meanwhile, the aftermath of the torrential rain left flash flooding in its wake.

The Royals announced Friday afternoon that its game Saturday had been moved up to 1:15 p.m.

The game originally was scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Gates now will open at 11:30 a.m. for Saturday’s game.

Ticket holders “who are unable to attend due to the time change will be emailed a ticket voucher for a 2020 regular season game, excluding Opening Day,” the club said in a statement announcing the time change.

Severe storms Friday evening forced the opening game of the series to be called in the seventh inning.

This story will be updated throughout Friday night as new storm-related news occurs.