- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Heavy storms swept through the Kansas City area during rush hour Monday, spawning at least one tornado and yanking down power lines and trees. No injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings Monday evening for Clay and Jackson counties in Missouri, and Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties in neighboring Kansas. The weather service also issued flash flood warnings for the region after more than 3 inches of rain fell in a short period.

The weather service said a tornado was located over Liberty, Missouri, at about 5 p.m. Liberty police dispatch supervisor Jerry Clark said there the storm damaged trees, but no injuries were reported.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Erin Hofmann said about 300 people were evacuated from its Liberty-area store because of a possible gas leak after the storm. Missouri Gas Energy said fire crews turned off the store’s gas meter but no leak was later found.

Hofmann said the store was closed Monday night, and it was unclear when it would reopen.

In nearby Eudora, Kansas, Jillian Rodrigue, Douglas County’s assistant director for emergency management, said crews we’re still assessing damage there.

“We have some reports of tree limbs and some damage in town,” she said. “We’re collecting all the information and first responders are out there.”

About 9,300 customers were without power Monday night, according to KCP&L;’s website.

The Kansas City Royals also postponed their baseball game against Tampa Bay Rays because of the storms.


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