Wednesday morning's storms raced through the Kansas City area packing a punch as strong winds brought down power lines, leaving thousands in the dark.
According to the Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department, preliminary data shows crews conducted 10 water rescues and battled three working fires during the storm.
"I had my front door open and the rain was blowing and the wind was blowing," Mary Rowland, one of the KC residents whose house caught fire, said.
Rowland said a tree limb struck a transformer outside her house on Sni-A-Bar Road then she smelled smoke.
"I just opened the door and seen from where I was standing the curtains in the basement were on fire," Rowland said.
KCFD along with crews from the Raytown Fire Protection District quickly extinguished the flames.
Meanwhile, across town, several workers on North Chouteau Trafficway, including Joe Tanner, begged a driver to turn around before driving into high water over the road.