October 2, 2014

Severe weather possible for Missouri Wednesday and Thursday

A cold front will sweep east across the state Wednesday and Thursday and could be the focus for development of several rounds of strong to severe thunderstorms.

This graphic from the National Weather Service in Springfield shows what forecasters there are concerned about for Thursday.

This graphic from the National Weather Service in Springfield shows what forecasters there are concerned about for Thursday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Bowman tells Missourinet the first storms associated with that front are anticipated late Tuesday night in western Kansas and eastern Missouri.

“That’s going to set the stage for the Wednesday storms,” says Bowman. “Those storms will move away and then set the stage for another round of storms a little bit further east on Thursday.”

The primary threats with these storms will be damaging winds and hail, though there is the potential for tornadoes as well.

“The biggest tornado threat’s going to be over northeastern Kansas and northwestern Missouri, Wednesday,” says Bowman. “The threat for tornadoes looks a little bit lower on Thursday mainly just because it looks like a different mode of convection,” says Bowman. He says expected for Thursday is, “more a line of storms, as opposed to individual supercells on Wednesday.”

Rainfall projections are for two to three inches of rain to fall in some areas, which Bowman says could lead to localized flooding, but widespread flooding is not anticipated.

For National Weather Service information for your area, visit these NWS pages.

In northwest and western Missouri:  Kansas City (Pleasant Hill)

In northeast and eastern Missouri:  St. Louis

In southwest Missouri:  Springfield

In southeast Missouri:  Paducah, KY

Scotland and Clark counties:  Davenport, IA

MODOT needs shovelers (AUDIO)

Summer leaves us at 9:29 tonight. But the Missouri Department of Transportation already is thinking a season ahead.

If you have some spare time to hit the road in the nastiest weather of the year, the transportation department might have a truck for you to drive. The department is recruiting seasonal workers for emergency snowplow duty. It needs the part-timers to provide relief for the 2400 maintenance workers who will carry the bulk of the snow removal workload.

Maintenance Engineer Randy Aulbur says the department is looking for people who can be available at any time. “A lot of times we’ll attract people that are retired from over-the-road driving or even our own folks that have retired,” he says.

The department wants people at least 18 years old with a commercial driver’s license with no airbrake restrictions and a clean criminal record.

They have to pass a drug test. Applications are accepted through the MODOT web page or with calls to the department toll-free number 888-ASK-MODOT.

The department runs training sessions for its own people and for the part-timers to get them ready to drive the snow removal equipment.

AUDIO: Aulbur interview 7:14

Missourians cleaning up, getting power back after storms

The wave of severe storms that swept south through the state Monday evening through Tuesday morning downed trees and power poles and damaged some structures.

Monday's storm damaged a warehouse at the Second Chance animal rescue in Boonville.  (photo courtesy; Second Chance's Facebook page)

Monday’s storm damaged a warehouse at the Second Chance animal rescue in Boonville. (photo courtesy; Second Chance’s Facebook page)

No injuries have been reported, and National Weather Service meteorologist Mike July says that’s fortunate.

“I think the word got out to quite a few people. The media did a good of letting everybody know what was going on,” says July.

The storm took a quarter of the roof off of a warehouse at the Second Chance animal rescue in Boonville, who was seeking help Tuesday morning to clean up, and damaged the roof of the gymnasium at Blair Oaks High School in Wardsville. Windows were blown out of three store fronts in Hannibal and two power poles caught fire in Sedalia due to high winds.

At one time, more than 75,000 Missourians had been without power. As of 3:30 Tuesday afternoon, more than 3,700 customers of Ameren Missouri and Kansas City Power and Light were still without power.

The storm did not rise to the levels of a derecho, as the National Weather Service had been concerned it might.

Storms leave wind damage, 75,000 without power

A line of damaging storms hundreds of miles long continues to sweep south through Missouri. The storms have downed trees and power lines, caused some flooding and left tens of thousands of Missourians without power.

Storms continue to sweep south through the state and are still prompting the issuance of severe thunderstorm warnings.  (image courtesy; WeatherTap Zoom)

Storms continue to sweep south through the state and are still prompting the issuance of severe thunderstorm warnings. (image courtesy; WeatherTap Zoom)

Winds along the front of the storm were consistently between 50 and 75 miles per hour through Monday night and early Tuesday morning. Wind damage has been reported throughout the state. Some of the most significant reports came out of Hannibal, where law enforcement reported store front windows were broken out of three stores and several cars were moved, and in Sedalia, where two power poles caught fire as high winds whipped their lines.

At 2:30 a.m., Kansas City Power and Light reported more than 38,000 customers in Missouri without power, Ameren Missouri reported more than 22,000 customers without power in the St. Louis area and in central and north-central Missouri, and more than 15,000 customers of Columbia Water and Light were without power. The storms were only beginning to reach the Springfield area at that time.

For National Weather Service information for your area including watches and warnings, visit these NWS pages.

In northwest and western Missouri:  Kansas City (Pleasant Hill)

In northeast and eastern Missouri:  St. Louis

In southwest Missouri:  Springfield

In southeast Missouri:  Paducah, KY

Scotland and Clark counties:  Davenport, IA

Severe storms continue, bring damage to Missouri

Storms are continuing to sweep south and east through Missouri and bring with them prolonged, potentially damaging winds. Winds of 50 to 70 miles an hour have been reported as the storms have advanced from northern Missouri.

Radar images from the Springfield (left) and St. Louis NWS radar, courtesy of Weathertap zoom.

Radar images from the Springfield (left) and St. Louis NWS radar, courtesy of Weathertap zoom.

Power has been reported out at times in several communities including Weston, Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia. The Pettis County Sheriff’s Department reported two power poles on fire since 11 p.m.

Reports of wind damage have included trees, limbs and power lines down and shingles off of roofs.

Some flooding has also been reported, particularly in areas where storm drains were overwhelmed by high rainfall totals in brief periods. An emergency manager in Kansas City says crews have been sent to a reported water rescue situation at the corner of 9th and Winner Road.

The Weather Service is warning of continuing flood possibilities and some warnings have been issued. Officials urge motorists not to drive into flooded roadways.

For National Weather Service information for your area including watches and warnings, visit these NWS pages.

In northwest and western Missouri:  Kansas City (Pleasant Hill)

In northeast and eastern Missouri:  St. Louis

In southwest Missouri:  Springfield

In southeast Missouri:  Paducah, KY

Scotland and Clark counties:  Davenport, IA