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Life-Threatening Flash Floods in Springfield, Mo.

A slow moving thunderstorm brought torrential rain and flash flooding in southern Springfield, Mo. suburbs late Saturday morning into early Saturday afternoon. A similar risk will persist across southwest Missouri through early Saturday night.

A nearly stationary thunderstorm unleashed 9 inches of rainfall since 10 a.m. CDT about 7 miles south-southwest of downtown Springfield. Just north of there, four feet of water was reported flowing over a roadway in a Springfield suburb. More reports of up to three feet of water came in from the Galloway, Mo. area.

The same thunderstorm was responsible for quarter-sized hail as well.

Localized flash flooding, damaging winds, and large hail will continue to threaten not only Springfield but most of southwest Missouri through early Saturday night. Sticky air from the Gulf of Mexico in combination with daytime heating is contributing to the slow-moving thunderstorms.

Most of this activity will diminish Saturday night, however, a renewed threat will return by Sunday afternoon.