Saturday, May 8, 2021

Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm Risk Later Today

Within the yellow area is is the potential for thunderstorms with hail 1" in diameter or larger and/or wind gusts to 58 mph or stronger. I have highlighted the areas with additional hazards. 

The tornado risk is not particularly high but one or two might occur. I don't expect any thunderstorms east of Interstate 135 until after 6pm. 

Here are some safety recommendations for the damaging winds that are looking increasingly likely in northeast Kansas and adjacent portions of Missouri (including KC Metro).
  • The biggest risk is power failures. So, fully charge your cell phone and laptop before 9pm and then disconnect them. That way, if you should be without power in the morning, you have plenty of power in those devices. You want to disconnect them by 9pm (in the "G[ust] 70 mph" area) because power surges sometimes occur with lightning and high winds.
  • Put your car in the garage or under the carport. 
  • Bring in lawn furniture or other items that could blow about.
  • If you have an electric car, charge it late this afternoon or early this evening then disconnect it from the charger. 
I will update this forecast in the mid-afternoon. 

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