A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued until 6 p.m. Wednesday for Pettis County.
The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of Southern Iowa, Western Illinois, and Central and Northern Missouri.
Scattered, damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph are possible and isolated large hail events with hail up to 1.5-inches in diameter are also possible.
“(As of 9:30 a.m.) there are severe storms in Topeka that are making their way eastward, at the moment they are not expected to stay together to reach here,” Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency Director Dave Clippert said via email. “Now then, we have had a couple of strange years of weather so we will just have to wait and see what they actually do. Mostly a high wind and large hail are main threats. Timing appears to be as early as 3 p.m. (Wednesday) until 5 a.m. Thursday.”
According to NWS, “storms are expected to intensify as they develop through Missouri and Iowa Wednesday afternoon with both multi-cells and a few super-cells posing a risk for damaging wind and large hail.”
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce tornadoes.
Due to the possibility of severe weather, the Pettis County tornado siren test that was postponed from last week and rescheduled to Wednesday has been cancelled. The next siren test will be at noon Aug. 3.
According to a Missouri Department of Transportation news release, recent heavy rains and the flooding of the Blackwater River has prompted the closure of a rural route in Johnson County. State Route 23, between county roads 1125 and 950, has been closed as of 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Motorists can check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, located at www.modot.org, or call the toll free number, 1-888-ASK-MODOT, to get the latest information on road closings due to high water or debris covering state highways.