Updated 12:49 a.m. E.T. on April 4, 2014
Spring is here, and towns across Tornado Alley experienced their first taste of severe seasonal weather Thursday as tornadoes, hail and thunderstorms hit large swaths of the southern Plains and the Midwest.
As of Thursday night, myriad tornado warnings issued by the National Weather Service remained in effect in counties across North Texas, up through central Missouri and into western Kentucky. But the tornadoes were relatively small, and there were no deaths reported as of late Thursday night.
"That's where we think (potential of) tornadoes — some potentially strong — will be the greatest," Bill Bunting, forecast operations chief for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., told the Associated Press.
"This will continue to evolve with time."
Earlier on Thursday morning, a small EF1 tornado briefly touched down in St. Louis, damaging approximately 100 homes. Severe-weather bands plagued also the Dallas–Forth Worth area, with reports of power outages and baseball-size hail wreaking havoc on automobiles and homes in north-central Texas.