The Storm Prediction Center a portion of Western MO (including Joplin) in a slight risk area for severe weather, including a 2% chance of a tornado. Further to the west there is an enhanced and moderate risk. The National Weather Service office in Springfield, MO notes that severe storms could impact SE KS and SW MO later this evening, including a limited tornado risk. The hazards expected are:
- Limited tornado risk
- Elevated hail risk
- Elevated thunderstorm wind damage risk
- Elevated flooding risk
- Significant lightning risk
From roughly Joplin and to the west, the tornado risk is up to 5% with a 10% to 15% chance further west and into Central KS.You should stay tuned to local weather forecasts, as the information at OzarkStorms.com is only current at the time of posting. Make sure your NOAA All Hazards Radio is on and backed up by battery. If you don't own a NOAA All Hazards Radio, you should. Click the link for a previous blog post on selecting one.