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Strong Storms for Omaha; Kansas, Missouri Flood Threat

After the weekend ends with violent thunderstorms rattling the central Plains, the danger of flash flooding will return to Kansas and Missouri.

Severe thunderstorms will increase in coverage from western Nebraska and northwestern Kansas to Iowa through Sunday evening.

A handful of violent thunderstorms will also rattle parts of southwestern South Dakota through the early evening. One such thunderstorm dropped ping pong-sized hail on an area near Silver City, S.D., Sunday afternoon.

The thunderstorms closing out Sunday threaten to cross Omaha and North Platte, Neb., and Interstate 80 before dropping southeastward into eastern Kansas and northwestern Missouri.

Kansas City, Mo., and Wichita and Topeka, Kan., will be targeted by the potent thunderstorms as Sunday night progresses.

The strongest thunderstorms will be capable of producing damaging winds and hail. It is not out of the question that an isolated tornado touches down and causes destruction.

Flooding downpours will also be unleashed by the heaviest thunderstorms. Later at night, more thunderstorms will produce downpours than the other dangers.

A handful of these drenching thunderstorms will linger into Monday morning across eastern Kansas before more strong and heavy thunderstorms erupt in the afternoon and at night across not only eastern Kansas, but also western Missouri, northeastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas.

Along with the dangers of damaging winds and hail, the heaviest thunderstorms threaten to also trigger flash flooding.

That is not good news for those in this area who were recently ravaged by severe flooding.

The saturated ground will have a difficult time absorbing rain from the impending downpours, quickly leading to flash flooding. Swollen streams and creeks could rapidly overflow their banks.

Any bursts of heavy rain on Monday could slow down the rate at which flood waters are receding on the larger rivers.

However, a repeat of the extremely wet start to August around Wichita, Kan., and Springfield, Mo., should not follow this week with the arrival of drier air at midweek.