The above image was just taken from the Kansas City area radar. As you can see, several bands of strong to severe thunderstorms are spiraling around an area of low pressure centered very near the Kansas City area at this time. The small red funnel cloud icons illustrate the number of funnel cloud sightings that took place as some of the same storms moved through Kansas City on the lunch hour.
Only 2 actual touchdowns were reported, one in Overland Park and one in Harrisonville, and those are reported as having been "brief" with no damage or injuries reported (per the media and storm reports) at this time.
The storms heading East currenly toward Boonville and Pilot Grove produced several actual tornado reports near Sedalia. The rotation appears stronger on this storm than compared to storms that moved through Kansas City, so if you live in the path of this storm (including the Columbia area), please seek shelter as these storms approach.
Severe thunderstorms will continue East across much of Missouri throughout the afternoon, as a strong upper level low pressure system moves across the region. Tornado Watches continue for the area until 6pm CDT:
The threat of severe weather, including tornadoes, will reach the St. Louis Metro area later this afternoon, most likely after 3-4 pm...toward the rush hour.