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UPDATE: Flooding Possible in Southwest Missouri Today

Emily McTavish

UPDATE: A flash flood warning is in effect in Greene County until 2 pm.  Some areas expected to experience flooding in the county are Route CC west of Fair Grove at the Pomme De Terre River, Scenic Avenue in southwest Springfield, Buena Vista Rd. at the Ward Branch south of Springfield,  Route C at the Little Sac River north of Strafford and Highway 125 just west of Highway 60.

A flash flood warning is in effect until 2 pm in Barry County.  One area expected to experience flooding there is Roaring River State Park.

A flash flood warning continues through 2:45 pm in Dallas, Dade and Polk Counties.

A flash flood warning continues until 1:15 pm in Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald and Newton Counties.

Parts of the Ozarks are getting hit with severe storms this morning.  A tornado warning was issued earlier for Dade and Greene Counties.  A wind gust of 48 miles per hour was recorded at the Joplin airport.

NWS meteorologist Andy Boxell said one to two and a half inches of rain has fallen overnight.  And he said we could see another one to two inches today.

"As more and more rain piles up during the day today the concern for flooding is going to increase across the area.  Certainly, low water crossings and those other low-lying flood prone areas are going to be of particular concern," he said.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until noon in Barry, Christian, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Laclede, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Ozarks, Stone, Taney, Webster and Wright Counties.

A flash flood watch is in effect through this evening.

Winds will continue to be strong today with gusts up to 36 miles per hour.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the 50s this afternoon.