A Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for Pettis County through 1 p.m. Friday.
According to a release from the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office, locally heavy rainfall may lead to flash floods. The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of Central Missouri, West Central and Northern Missouri.
“Pettis County is in a Slight Risk for severe weather (Thursday), which means that isolated severe storms are possible,” said Dave Clippert, Director of Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency. “We have a 2 percent chance of tornadoes, 15 percent chance of high winds and a 15 percent chance of large hail. If we are to get this, I expect that it may start as early as 8 p.m. (Thursday) and the risk will continue through about noon Friday.
“Heat indices could reach 101 today with an actual temperature near 95. After today we will have a considerable cool down for the weekend.”
Widespread heavy rainfall may impact the area starting Thursday evening and continuing through Friday morning. Rivers, creeks and streams will likely experience flooding with this excessive rainfall, and many low water crossing may become flooded and impassible.
“Flash floods have very little warning times and is the No. 1 severe weather killer,” Clippert said. “If camping, know what your risk is. Camping near creeks, etc., can be dangerous if conditions are right for flash floods. If you can’t see the road under the water, do not cross.”
Local residents should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.