The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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September 7, 2012

Strong storms could impact Joplin area today

JOPLIN, Mo. — Strong to severe thunderstorms could develop after 1 p.m. today for Southeast Kansas and Southwest Missouri.

The storms could produce hail to the size of half dollars and damaging wind gusts of 65 mph, according to a statement released this morning by Doug Cramer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service forecast office at Springfield.

Cramer said “a fairly powerful’’ cold front for this time of year is approaching the region from the northwest. It will trigger a line of storms east of the Kansas Flint Hills at approximately 11 a.m. Those storms should reach the Joplin area by 1 p.m.

A second wave of storms will impact the area after 5 p.m. today. These storms will be less severe, but could produce cloud-to-ground lightning during a time when football games will be held across the region.

The storms could produce up to an inch of rain in some places.

The front will bring cooler and dryer air to the region. The high Saturday will reach into the low 70s. The high Sunday will be in the low 80s.

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