Pettis County is now in a severe thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m.
The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, has issued a severe thunderstorm watch, effective until 8 p.m. for portions of eastern Kansas and western Missouri, including Pettis County.
Damaging wind gusts, hail and heavy rain are possible with the development of these storms.
A leading edge of thunderstorm activity is ejecting out of the east central plains and into the lower Missouri valley this afternoon. As movement continues, storms are expected to progress across portions of the Ozarks and into central and north central Missouri, where the boundary layer is beginning to destabilize with surface heating.
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.