Second bout of intense storms brings hail, possible tornadoes to area


by staff

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 4 at 7:54 AM

(KMOV) – A second bout of intense storms bought strong winds, large size hail and possible tornadoes to the St. Louis area Thursday evening.

Earlier in the day, a confirmed tornado damaged at least 100 homes in University City.

Tornado warnings were issued for the St. Louis County and city late Thursday evening, sending patrons at Scottrade Center to the center of the arena and away from the exits for several minutes.

In Illinois, Madison and St. Clair County were under a tornado warning after a report of a funnel cloud was spotted in that area. News 4 viewers reported a possible tornado in Washington, Missouri after what appeared to a funnel cloud was spotted.

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Small pockets of tree damage were reported in Webster Groves, Affton and University City.

The 4Warn Weather Center heard reports of pea, and quarter-size hail in Ballwin, Chesterfield and surrounding areas. Baseball-size hail was also reported in Augusta.

St. Genevieve County, Randolph County, St. Louis, Washington County, Franklin, and Jefferson Counties were all under a severe thunderstorm warning at some point in the evening.

Wind gusts reached top speeds of 75 mph in the Cahokia area.

Flash flood warnings were issued for Clinton, Marion, Monroe and St. Clair County, Ill and Crawford, Franklin, Jefferson and Washington County in Mo.

According to the Associated Press, a tornado touched down briefly around 5:23 a.m. in University City, damaging some homes and bringing down trees and power lines. No injuries were immediately reported.

On Friday, temperatures will drop, with highs over the next five to seven days expected to be in the 50s alongside dry conditions.

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