Kansas City, Missouri, and its vicinity were bombarded by golf ball-sized chunks of hail Tuesday as a powerful storm system swept across the Great Plains.
There were no immediate reports of damage and the city's airport kept operating on schedule despite the onslaught of heavy rains and the threat of flooding and evening tornadoes, NBC News reported.
In Wichita, Kansas, the Air Force dispatched its planes from McConnell Air Force Base to bases in Washington and North Dakota to keep them from being damaged by the storms, The Weather Channel reported, citing The Associated Press.
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Across a wide swath of the Midwest — from the Rio Grande River in south Texas all the way to western Missouri and beyond — more than 36 million Americans faced a threat of severe storms, dangerous wind gusts and tornadoes, said NBC meteorologist Dylan Dreyer.