The Boone Hospital Center's sign caught fire Tuesday night around 11:30 p.m. because of a structural fire. Possible lightning strikes could have occurred as well.
A flash flood watch has been issued through Wednesday morning for Columbia and Boone County.
Boone County is under a flash flood watch until Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.
The National Weather Service has advised residents to be aware of possible flash flooding from Wednesday afternoon through Friday afternoon.
Flooding on the St. Louis riverfront forced the President Casino to close and submerged some roads. Flash flooding is blamed in two Missouri deaths.
Because of a rainy forecast, the MU Honors College commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday will now be held in Mizzou Arena instead of the Francis Quadrangle.
Boone County is under a flood warning until 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Flooded Boone County roads include Tri-City Lake Road at Highway CC, Blackfoot Road at the north county limits, Easley River Road near Cooper's Landing, Stone Drive near Dripping Springs Road, Brushwood Lake Road west of Scott Boulevard and Wilcox Road at Route E. A flash flood watch continues through Thursday evening.
The National Weather Service in St. Louis has issued a flash flood warning for Boone County until 11 a.m. A flash flood warning means flooding is imminent or occurring, according to the service.
High winds between 9 p.m. and midnight tonight could accompany thunderstorms passing through Columbia.
It's too early to say when the thunderstorms might start. Check back for more updates.
Strong wind gusts, large hail and frequent lightning are predicted for Boone County and all adjacent counties.
Boone County is under a flash flood watch until 7 p.m.
The Missouri Department of transportation spent more than $49 million in removing snow and ice this winter — 20 percent higher than the annual winter average.
The amount of flooding in central Missouri this spring has been typical of the area.
MoDOT says they saved thousands of dollars by using sensor devices along a major highway. The sensors helped determine which areas needed attention during winter storms.
Up to 2 inches of snow accumulation is also expected through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in St. Louis.
The National Weather Service says that there is no winter weather advisory for the Columbia area, but rain, sleet and snow are expected throughout the weekend.
So far, there has been no snow accumulation in March, when the typical amount is 2.4 inches.
Weather patterns and the Farmer's Almanac indicate that this could be a severe spring.