(KMOV) -- Tornado warnings and watches were common as a line of storms ripped across the St. Louis region Tuesday morning, knocking out power and causing damage in some areas.
The storms brought heavy rains, winds, and hail that surely gave some of those sleeping an early wake up call. Lighting was also seen all over the St. Louis area. Some residents reported hail in their area from dime size to golf ball size.
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Tornado sirens began alarming residents about the severe weather although there were no reports of any tornadoes touching down.
Ameren IL reported that Edwardsville and Wood River, Illinois have residents without power. At one time Edwardsville had over 11,000 people without power after some main transmission wires were struck by lighting around 2:30 a.m. Millstadt, Illinois also reported wires down along Clover Leaf School Road.
There have been multiple reports of wind damage throughout the St. Louis area, but most of the heavy damage has been reported in the Metro-East. The Tuesday morning storm produced wind gusts up to 50 and 60mph in some areas.
Two barns owned by the Belleville School District suffered extensive damage. One barn was completely blown apart. School officials said the buildings were used for special education classes and other various work programs. The classes held in those buildings will be moved to the main school building across the street. The main school building was not damaged.
A garage in Millstadt, Illinois also sustained some significant damage due to wind.
In Belgrade, Missouri the high winds lifted a carport and tossed it across a resident's front yard. In Town and Country, one resident will need a chain saw after a large tree was blown over in his front yard.
The storms were a result of much colder weather colliding with the unseasonably warm temperatures we experienced on Monday.
Chief Meteorologist Steve Templeton says much lower temperatures can be expected over the next couple days.
For the latest on the weather conditions check in with Matt Chambers on Awake with News 4, KMOV.com, and the KMOV Weather app.