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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Heavy storms swept through the Kansas City area, spawning at least one tornado and yanking down power lines and trees.

The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings Monday evening for Clay and Jackson counties in Missouri and Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties in neighboring Kansas.

The weather service says a tornado was located over Liberty, Missouri, during rush hour. Liberty police said the storm damaged small trees, but there were no immediate reports of any injuries.

Walmart spokeswoman Erin Hofmann says about 300 people were evacuated from its Liberty area store because of a possible gas leak. Missouri Gas Energy says the store’s gas meter was turned off but no leak was found.

The Kansas City Royals also postponed their baseball game against Tampa Bay Rays because of the storms.