Flooded roads ahead of predicted severe storms

Roads are starting to close in mid-Missouri due to flooding.

Be careful if you’re on Highway 94 west of Portland, Howard County Route Z west of Boonville and New Franklin, and Howard County Route H north of Fayette. Those roads had at least one lane closed due to flooding, as of 9 a.m. Tuesday.

About 1.7 inches of rain fell starting Monday night into early Tuesday morning. Severe storms were in the forecast starting Tuesday afternoon.

Most of mid-Missouri was under a flash flood watch until midnight Wednesday. More from The Associated Press:

Four people are hospitalized after a storm flipped campers and destroyed the grandstand at a western Missouri race track.

A severe weather system that formed in the Plains rumbled across Missouri Monday night and into Tuesday, bringing damaging winds along with heavy rain that added even more water to already flooded rivers.

The Missouri River is expected to rise to major flood stage at Jefferson City, St. Charles and other towns. The airport at Jefferson City could be forced to close later this week, jeopardizing a Memorial Day weekend air show.

A Monday night storm flipped campers and destroyed the grandstand at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland. Seven people were hurt, four of whom were hospitalized. Details about the injuries were not immediately available.

(This story was last updated at 11:25 a.m. Tuesday.)

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