The National Weather Service has lifted the tornado watch for the Kansas City area that had been set to run through 6 p.m. The area does remain under a flood watch, and a hazardous weather advisory for the area says the chances of severe weather will fall of sharply after sundown.


Most of the severe weather has moved off to the east, with warnings of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms from Springfield, Ill., to near Cape Girardeau, Mo.


There's still a chance of thundershowers in the Kansas City area tonight. Thursday is supposed to be partly sunny with a high of 68.


The area had been under a tornado watch much of the day, and various parts of the area were under tornado warnings at various times around the lunch hour. A watch means conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes, and watches usually cover broad areas. People are advised to keep the radio or TV on and keep an eye outside. By contrast, a warning means a specific storm has been detected and people should take cover. Warnings are usually for specific areas, often accompanied by predicitions of when specific locations will be hit.


National Weather Service: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/eax/