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.
Due to the Severe Weather Warning in the Liberty area the Liberty Fall Festival is closing for the remainder of the night!! pic.twitter.com/iVenqWLszx— Liberty Missouri (@LibertyMissouri) September 27, 2019
Within minutes, the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill reported that half-dollar-sized hail had arrived at Kansas City International Airport.
Half-dollar sized hail now being reported at the KCI with that severe storm in Platte Co.— NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) September 27, 2019
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.
Severe thunderstorm watch #666 (we are hoping that is not a bad omen) has been issued for most of the area including the KC Metro through 2am. Details below... pic.twitter.com/Ew0QR8Uxw4— NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) September 27, 2019
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.
Flash Flood Warning including Lansing KS, Excelsior Springs MO, Smithville MO until 9:45 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/mDROWVO2Yz— NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) September 27, 2019
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.
Tornado Warning including Overbrook KS, Pleasant Grove KS, Centropolis KS until 8:30 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/BS2pDZXWui— NWS Topeka (@NWSTopeka) September 28, 2019
The tornado warning for Franklin and Osage counties quickly expired, but the warning remained in effect until 8:22 p.m. in Douglas County.
That tornado didn’t want to mess with us. https://t.co/3UzDsr1gE2— Lawrence Police (@LawrenceKS_PD) September 28, 2019
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.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Olathe KS, Gardner KS, Bonner Springs KS until 9:30 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/hdhQtAqMal— NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) September 28, 2019
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.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Liberty MO, Gladstone MO, Smithville MO until 7:45 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/WCooC4Lca1— NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) September 27, 2019
Eventually, the thunderstorm warning was extended to 10 p.m. and included parts of Jackson County on the Missouri side, including Grandview and Raytown.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Overland Park KS, Olathe KS, Lenexa KS until 10:00 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/xpF49VfyYO— NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) September 28, 2019
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.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Grain Valley MO, Oak Grove MO, Odessa MO until 10:45 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/ZolwI74E2L— NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) September 28, 2019
Meanwhile, the aftermath of the torrential rain left flash flooding in its wake.
Flash Flood Warning including Lawrence KS, Emporia KS, Eudora KS until 3:15 AM CDT pic.twitter.com/gnFTOzrkIO— NWS Topeka (@NWSTopeka) September 28, 2019
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.
Please note Saturday’s first pitch has been moved to 1:15 p.m. pic.twitter.com/v67q9V3bxQ— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) September 27, 2019
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.
Tonight's game has officially been called in the middle of the seventh inning due to rain.— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) September 28, 2019
FINAL: Twins 6, #Royals 2
This story will be updated throughout Friday night as new storm-related news occurs.