LIVE UPDATES | Severe storms move out of Kansas City area Tuesday evening (2024)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Weather Service issued watches and warnings impacting the Kansas City area Tuesday. Follow along with KSHB 41 News for live updates.

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6:34 p.m. | KSHB 41 meteorologist Wes Peery said the KC area is done with severe weather for the evening.

5:57 p.m. | Sullivan County is no longer under a tornado warning.

Some counties surrounding the KC area remain under a tornado watch until 10 p.m.

5:55 p.m. | Pettis County is no longer under a tornado warning.

5:39 p.m. | Henry County is no longer under a tornado warning.

5:34 p.m. | A tornado watch until 10 p.m. has been canceled for Caldwell, Cass, Daviess, Harrison, Jackson, Linn and Ray counties.

The watch continues for Bates, Carroll, Grundy, Henry, Johnson (MO), Lafayette, Linn, Livingston, Pettis and Sullivan counties.

5:28 p.m. | A tornado warning is in effect until 6 p.m. for Henry, Pettis and Sullivan counties in Missouri.

5:15 p.m. | Henry County is under a severe thunderstorm warning until 5:45 p.m.

5 p.m. | Grundy, Linn and Livingston counties in Missouri are included in a severe thunderstorm warning until 5:30 p.m.

4:55 p.m. | A severe thunderstorm warning is issued until 5:15 p.m. for Bates, Cass, Henry and Johnson counties in Missouri.

4:42 p.m. | Just after 4 p.m., tornado sirens could be heard across the Kansas City area, even though there was only an active tornado warning in Cass County.

The Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department said that a KCFD dispatcher "inadvertently" hit a city-wide alert while activating the tornado warning sirens.

This caused other areas of Kansas City to receive warning sirens.

"There was no threat anywhere other than Cass County," KCFD said in a statement. "KCFD apologies for this inadvertent error, and any confusion it may have caused."

4:41 p.m. | The tornado warning affecting Cass County has expired.

4:40 p.m. | The tornado watch across the KC area has been continued for some counties but canceled for others.

Counties still under the watch include Adair, Bates, Caldwell, Carroll, Cass, Chariton, Cooper, Daviess, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Howard, Jackson, Johnson (MO), Lafayette, Linn (KS), Linn (MO), Livingston, Macon, Mercer, Pettis, Putnam, Randolph, Ray, Saline, Schuyler and Sullivan.

The watch has been canceled for Andrew, Buchanan, Clay, Clinton, DeKalb, Gentry, Johnson (KS), Leavenworth, Miami, Nodaway, Platte, Wroth and Wyandotte counties.

4:35 p.m. | The tornado warning until 4:45 p.m. was continued for Cass County but canceled for Bates County.

4:30 p.m. | A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 5 p.m. for Carroll, Jackson, Lafayette and Ray counties in Missouri.

4:25 p.m. | The National Weather Service said it is aware sirens sounded in some places across the KC metro. However, no warnings are in effect for Jackson County.

4:20 p.m. | Caldwell, Carroll, Grundy, Linn, Livingston and Ray counties in Missouri are included in a severe thunderstorm warning until 5 p.m.

4:15 p.m. | A tornado warning is in effect until 4:45 p.m. for Bates and Cass counties in Missouri.

LIVE UPDATES | Severe storms move out of Kansas City area Tuesday evening (1)

KSHB 41 Weather

4 p.m. | The severe thunderstorm warning has been extended until 4:45 p.m. for Bates, Cass, Harrison and Mercer counties in Missouri as well as Linn and Miami counties in Kansas.

3:30 p.m. | A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued by NWS throughout the Kansas City area until 4 p.m.

60 mph and quarter-size hail are expected.

In Missouri, the warning impacts Buchanan, Caldwell, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Harrison, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Mercer, Platte and Ray counties.

NWS issued the warning in Johnson, Wyandotte, Miami and Linn counties in Kansas.

We’re already seeing rain and some lightning and hearing thunder in KCMO, which is now under a severe thunderstorm warning @KSHB41

— Elyse Schoenig (@ElyseSchoenig) May 21, 2024

3:25 p.m. | Sky cameras throughout the KC area captured the back side of the line in Lawrence as well as a rainy Children's Mercy Park in KCK but dry Kauffman Stadium in KCMO.

LIVE UPDATES | Severe storms move out of Kansas City area Tuesday evening (2)

KSHB 41 Weather

3:05 p.m. | A severe thunderstorm warning was issued until 3:30 p.m. for Buchanan, Clay, Clinton and Platte counties in Missouri.

The NWS says 60 mph wind gusts and half-dollar-size hail is expected. Wind damage to roofs, siding and trees is possible.

2:45 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the entire KSHB 41 viewing area until 10 p.m. Tuesday.

NWS says a few tornadoes, scattered hail that could reach the size of softballs and wind gusts up to 75 mph are likely.

The watch includes Johnson, Linn, Miami, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.

Across the state line, the watch was also issued in Bates, Henry, Lafayette, Cass, Jackson, Platte, Clay, Johnson, Ray, Andrew, DeKalb, Nodaway, Buchanan, Gentry, Worth, Clinton, Pettis, Saline, Caldwell, Daviess, Linn, Sullivan, Carroll, Grundy and Livingston counties near Kansas City.

KSHB 41 meteorologist Cassie Wilson has been monitoring the development of storms forming just after 2 p.m. between Topeka and Lawrence.

We've got baby storms in Douglas and Atchison Counties... watching this line to start to fill in a bit better in the coming hour. @KSHB41

— ☀️ Cassie Wilson (@CassieKSHB) May 21, 2024

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Storms are expected to form in the area and then race to the east northeast through the KSHB 41 viewing area.

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Does Kansas have a lot of storms? ›

The Greater Kansas City area averages about 40-60 thunderstorm days per year. The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes.

How do meteorologists know a storm is coming? ›

Satellites. Satellites are critical in short-term forecasting. Satellite images can give an early indication of a developing thunderstorm by showing where cumulus clouds are forming. Cumulus clouds grow rapidly into cumulonimbus clouds if conditions are right, and you can track their growth using satellite images.

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∇ Most Activity: Sherman County, situated in northwest Kansas, takes the lead as the county with the highest tornado count, recording 113 tornadoes between 1950 and 2020. ∇ Per Year Activity: Kansas has witnessed around 88 tornadoes each year over the past three decades.

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Any part of Kansas and the overall Great Plains Is subject to tornado formation. Sherman County, in northwest Kansas, has recorded the most tornadoes in the state since 1950, with a total of 113.

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Look for changes such as:
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How accurate are TV meteorologists? ›

A seven-day forecast can accurately predict the weather about 80 percent of the time and a five-day forecast can accurately predict the weather approximately 90 percent of the time. However, a 10-day—or longer—forecast is only right about half the time.

Do tornadoes happen a lot in Kansas? ›

Kansas is a very active state when it comes to tornados. Located in Tornado Alley, the average number of storms that strike each year is currently at 96. Below are the average number of tornados that hit Kansas each month.

Is Kansas a Tornado Alley? ›

Tornado Alley is a loosely defined location of the central United States and Canada where tornadoes are most frequent. The term was first used in 1952 as the title of a research project to study severe weather in areas of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.

Is all of Kansas in Tornado Alley? ›

While there is no official designation, the area known as Tornado Alley is generally designated as between Texas and South Dakota. AccuWeather identified the area as northern Texas northward through Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri and parts of Louisiana, Iowa, Nebraska and eastern Colorado.

Is Kansas known as Tornado Alley? ›

The states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas are at the greatest risk, due to being in what's known as "Tornado Alley."


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