Tornado warnings, thunderstorms pound mid-Missouri
COLUMBIA -Several severe thunderstorms with tornado warnings covered the mid-Missouri area Wednesday night.
Thunderstorms with heavy rain, strong winds and a lot of lightning affected most of mid-Missouri with many areas experiencing tornado warnings. According to KOMU 8 weathercaster Kenton Gewecke, the severe weather began with a tornado watch in the west and southwestern portions of mid-Missouri just after 6 p.m.
Gewecke said the storm formed along a stationary front, following a path from the Kansas City area to the St. Louis area. KSHB-TV in Kansas City reported a tornado touch down in Lee's Summit around 7 p.m.
As the storms spread to the KOMU 8 viewing areas, a tornado warning took effect around 7:40 p.m. for Callaway and Boone counties. Those warnings expired at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday. Gewecke reported the severe conditions moving through Callaway and Cole counties around 8:30 p.m. with damaging winds and torrential rain.
KOMU 8 Meteorologist Tori Stepanek said although the tornado warnings expired for some of mid-Missouri, storms were continuing to regenerate.
Flash flooding was also a concern alongside the severe weather warnings Wednesday night. Most of the flash flooding warnings will continue throughout the night and into Thursday morning.
According to Boone County Sheriff's road closing report, road closings due to flooding in Boone County include:
- Texas Ave west of Providence
- Creasy Springs Rd at Bear Creek
- Sinclair Rd about 1/2 mile south of Nifong Blvd
- Rangeline Rd near Ben Williams and David Allen Rd E
- ORear Rd near Hillview Dr
- 6700 Blk of Highway 40
- 3500 Blk of Ridgeview Dr
- Highway KK near Juliesburg Way
- 2800 Blk of Blackfoot Rd
KOMU 8 asked viewers to share photos taken safely of the storm conditions and flooding the their areas.
My house on stadium and college park! I think the city needs to put in a larger whistle under my driveway!Posted by Jake Bowlby on Wednesday, 1 July 2015
North ColumbiaPosted by Renee Suzanne Taylor on Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Stay safe but if you have pictures of the storms please tweet them in to @KOMUnews.— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) July 2, 2015
[Editor's note: This story has been edited to correct a video link.]