Severe Weather Strikes Nation's Heartland

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

A line of severe thunderstorms blasted through the nation's heartland Thursday evening.

The National Weather Service says the storms contained hail as small as peas and as large as tennis balls in some areas. Multiple reports from Missouri said hail was covering the ground. In Holts Summit - in Callaway County, Missouri - hail fell constantly for 10 minutes.

Strong winds estimated at 70-80 mph also accompanied the storms. The National Weather Service received reports of damage to barns, gazebos, and other small buildings, as well as a report of a 79 mph wind gust measured at the Cape Girardeau Municial Airport. In some areas, trees and powerlines were blown down by the strong winds.

A few visual reports of tornadoes were made in Pulaski, Phelps, and Dent counties in Missouri and Muskogee county in Oklahoma, but no reports of injuries or major damage have been received.

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