Tornadoes, large hail striking Midwestern Plains

This same storm produced hundreds of hail and wind reports on Tuesday as well as a few tornadoes across the Plains and Ohio Valley. Heavy rain led to flash flooding in some communities across the Plains.

Severe thunderstorms will shift eastward and threaten areas from Houston to St. Louis on Wednesday.

Five people were injured in Grayson County, Texas, amid the storms. Two possible tornadoes touched down in the area, emergency management said.


Checotah, Oklahoma, suffered extensive damage throughout the town. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.


The Weather Service also reported hail, some as large as one inch in diameter, on both sides of the Mississippi River. Winds as strong as 60 mph were reported in Union, Eureka and Hazelwood. Limbs six inches in diameter were torn from trees in Weldon Spring and Wood River.

The Weather Service recorded 1.1 inches of rain at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. About 27,000 customers of Ameren lost power during the storms, with heaviest concentrations of outages were in eastern St. Charles and north St. Louis counties.

The Weather Service meteorologists at the Weldon Spring office say the severe weather can include a chance of a tornado, more so on Wednesday than Tuesday.

The high Tuesday was 83 degrees in the morning, falling to 63 by late afternoon. Wednesday’s high will be about 78, forecasters say.

Friday should be partly sunny with a high near 72. On Friday night, there is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. The weekend has a similar forecast.