Thunderstorms and high winds have raked a good part of Missouri in the early morning hours. Reports of 60 and 70 mile-an-hour winds are common in weather service reports.
Several tents and power lines have been blown down at the state fairgrounds in Sedalia. Tents, tables and chairs for an upcoming air show have been blown down and around in Clay County.
A person in a house near Springfield has been hurt when a tree fell on the home. Two people in a car under a gas station awning in Winston, in northwest Missouri’s Davies County have been hurt.
The most battered part of the state is northwest Missouri. One report in the Nodaway County town of Clyde says one-inch hail has covered the ground and has stripped most of the leaves from trees. One observer estimated the winds reached 90 miles an hour near Stanberry on the Nodaway-Gentry county line, where a barn has been destroyed. Windows have been blown out of several homes and in a convent in Clyde. A highway patrol radio tower has been blown down in St. Joseph.
Forecaster Andrew Morrison at the Corps of Engineers Hydrometeorological Prediction Center expects northern Missouri, especially the flooded northwest corner of the state, to see heavy rains into the middle of next week.
He says rains of two to three inches are likely with some local amounts of four to five inches. He says the storms should bring some rain to the northeast corner of the state, which has been dry since spring rains caused some flooding.
The heavy rains in northwest Missouri early this morning leads the weather service to issue continued flood warnings for the Grand and Missouri Rivers above Kansas City and as far below Kansas City as the Boonville area.
Yesterday, the Coast Guard reopened the Missouri River for navigation as far north as Brunswick.