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Flooding threatens in MO, KS

Nearly 40 counties face flash flood warnings, water rescues.


Nearly 40 counties in Missouri and Kansas are under flash flood warnings due to slow moving thunderstorms that will bring more than five inches of rain to some areas in the next 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

In Boone County, Missouri, five water rescues have been performed from flooding caused by the three inches of rain that had already fallen before flash flood warnings were issued.

“Most of the rescues were performed before dawn,” said Dispatch Supervisor Chuck Mastalski for Boone County Emergency Management. “It was dark and people were taken by surprise.”

“There are no injuries to speak of, just a lot of frightened motorists,” said Mastalski.

There have been no reports of home damage due to flooding as of yet, but for Boone County and the rest of the state, rain is expected to keep falling.

“The heaviest part of the deluge is over it seems,” Mastalski said. “They anticipated we’re going to get another one to two inches of rain and the ground is so saturated that any low lying area is going to collect water.”

This system of thunderstorms stretches for nearly 800 miles from Texas to Illinois and will move northeast towards New York, bringing heavy rain over large portions of the country.

“This first wave is beginning to move out, but we’re starting to see precipitation coming up over southeast Kansas,” said Derek Deroche, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Kansas City. “We’ll be getting another batch of storms in the late afternoon, then we’ll see a cold front and start to dry out.”

NWS has issued several river flood warnings in addition to the more than 38 counties in Kansas and Missouri under flash flood warnings.

According to some meteorologists, what makes this system particularly threatening for flooding is a weather event called training.

Training is when a series of storms follow each other in quick succession along a boundary line, which provides no relief from heavy rains for a prolonged period of time.

It is this phenomenon that some meteorologists point to as the cause of the 500-year flood that occurred in Georgia last month.

In New York and Ohio, strong winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour felled trees and power lines Wednesday and created ocean-like waves to curl across Lake Erie.

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