It may be a busy night in the 4Warn storm center. A potent storm system is swinging through the Midwest and will produce several areas of strong to severe storms including the possibility of tornadoes. If the storms do flair up in our area, we'll go into storm mode sending our crews out across the area while Kent and I track the latest storms and provide live updates on KMOV.com and channel 4. While there is a slight risk of severe weather across the News4 viewing area, there is an increased threat for areas South and East of Metropolitan St. Louis. As I type this, I have one eye on the radar, so we'll see how it develops tonight.
Kent and I will be devoting most of our evening weathercasts to the severe threat, but we don't want to diminish the serious flooding threat. We're getting several reports of flooded out roads in Reynolds and Iron counties in Southern Missouri. Also, because of the severe threat, we may not have time to provide river crest forecasts for this weekend. We realize how important those numbers are to our viewers and web users, so we wanted to provide you a link to the latest river levels and river crest forecasts. Click the link below and then click on the map for a river gauge nearest your area. This will provide you and easy to read line graph showing where the river is now and how high it's expected to rise.
I was looking back at the near record crests on the Meramec from around March 22nd and found that the forecast levels this time around appear to be several feet lower. However, moderate to possibly major flooding is possible as the Meramec crests this weekend.
As if this wasn't enough to talk about, today marks 7 years since the costliest hail storm in history. This supercell thunderstorms moved along near Interstate 70 across the entire state of Missouri and did $2 Billion worth of damage. North city and North county residents certainly remember this one. In fact, 22 planes were damaged at Lambert. Click here to look back at this devastating storm.