Tornado watch issued for Kansas City metro

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a tornado watch for several parts in and around the Kansas City metro viewing area until 9 p.m. Saturday.

The parts of Missouri under the tornado watch include Caldwell, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Linn, Livingston, Nodaway, Platte and Worth counties.

Other Missouri counties include:

Adaire, Andrew, Buchanan, Dekalb, Holt, Mercer, Putnam, Schuyler and Sullivan

On the Kansas side, the tornado watch includes Atchison, Brown, Douglas, Leavenworth, Jefferson and Wyandotte counties.

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Other counties in Kansas that are also under the tornado watch include:

Barbara, Barton, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Dickinson, Doniphan, Edwards, Elk, Ellsworth, Greary, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Jackson, Kingman, Kiowa, Lincoln, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Morris, Nemaha, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Pottawatomie, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Riley, Russell, Saline, Sedgwick, Shawnee, Stafford, Sumner, Wabaunsee and Washington.

During a tornado watch, conditions are favorable for a tornado to develop, but a tornado has not yet been sighted or indicated by weather radar.

A tornado watch may also include severe thunderstorms with the potential for winds of 58 mph or higher and/or hail 1 inch in diameter or larger, according to the NWS.

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The FOX4 Weather Team has reported chances of strong/severe storms with wind and hail threats, risks of possible tornadoes and the potential for some areas to experience heavy flooding rains.

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