Another round of storms possible

Friday, June 19, 2009 | 2:03 p.m. CDT

Another outbreak of severe weather is expected across parts of Missouri later Friday, and Columbia is on the southern edge of the area with the most risk.

Jim Kramper of the National Weather Service in St. Louis said thunderstorms could begin affecting Columbia by 3 p.m. Friday.

Strong and gusty winds along with lightning are the biggest threats in the Columbia area, Kramper said.

A hot and humid air mass over the region was forecast to interact with a frontal boundary pushing southeast across the state. At 1:45 p.m. Friday, Weather Service radar indicated a line of scattered storms from Sedalia to near Boonville. A larger area of storms was in the northwest corner of Missouri, where a severe thunderstorm watch  was issued at 1:40 p.m. Friday.

Kramper reminded residents to get indoors at the first sound of thunder. "Lightning is always close behind," he said. "Be cautious."

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