Severe storms are threatening the Mississippi River Valley Wednesday evening.
"The threat for tornadoes will continue across western and central Missouri through the first half of the night, especially between Kansas City and Jefferson City, south to Springfield and Rolla," AccuWeather Meteorologist Carl Erickson said. Large hail and damaging wind gusts are also the primary threats, he added.
The threat will shift from tornadoes to more of a flash flooding and damaging wind event late tonight into Thursday morning, as the storms move southeast into southern Missouri, northern Arkansas, southern Illinois and possibly into western parts of Kentucky and Tennessee, according to Erickson.
UPDATES: (All times are listed in CDT)
8:27 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Numerous roads closed due to flash flooding in southern Pulaski County, Kentucky, according to the 911 call center.
8:14 p.m. CDT Wednesday: At 8:05 p.m. CDT, a tornado was confirmed between Highway 7 and Highway 58, southeast of Plesant Hill, Missouri.
8:08 p.m. CDT Wednesday: A rotating wall cloud near Plesant Hill, Missouri. Residents in the area need to take shelter immediately.
.@breakingweather mesocyclone /rotating wall cloud over Pleasant Hill, MO ~ radar site 15 min ago via @stormchasetv pic.twitter.com/Nd8LsqPCaU— Reed Timmer (@reedtimmerTVN) July 2, 2015
8:07 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Strong storms moving into St.Louis. The St. Louis Cardinals game is currently in a weather delay.
Unplayable weather and dark rain clouds continue to push in toward Busch Stadium from the West. pic.twitter.com/jEN3EHtCHo— #VoteSTL (@Cardinals) July 2, 2015
7:51 p.m. CDT Wednesday: An screenshot of a tornado that was confirmed near Lee's Summit, Missouri earlier this evening.
Here's a screen grab of the #tornado in Jackson County, MO just a few min ago. Ctsy of @41ActionNews (KSHB) #MOwx pic.twitter.com/Tyvqk6UeMP— Andrea Butera (@AndreaButera) July 2, 2015
7:48 p.m. CDT Wednesday: A funnel cloud was observed 3 miles northeast of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, according to the National Weather Service.