Confirmed tornado touches down south of St. Louis; Baseball-sized hail reported in Texas
By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
March 26, 2019, 2:55:36 AM EDT
Thunderstorms pummeled a swath of the southern U.S. through Sunday night, producing damaging winds, large hail and even a tornado.
The tornado reported in Cadet, Missouri, just south of St. Louis on Sunday evening was brief and reports say damage was minor.
. Genevieve County in southeastern Missouri...— National Weather Service Storm Spotter (@nwsstormchaser2) March 24, 2019
Northwestern St. Francois County in southeastern Missouri...
* Until 615 PM CDT.
* At 527 PM CDT, a confirmed tornado was located near Cadet, moving
east at 25 mph.
"The storm that spawned the tornado caused a number of reports of golf-ball sized and larger hail. The largest reported was 2.5 inches. That’s nearly baseball-sized," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Frank Strait.
There were several other reports of hail damage south and northwest of St. Louis, Missouri.
"Farther to the southwest, other storms in western Arkansas, eastern Oklahoma and North Texas have produced wind and hail damage," Strait said.
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"The worst so far has been in Collin County, Texas, in and just south and west of McKinney. Baseball-sized hail was reported; it may have been even larger than that in a few places ," Strait said.
Another intense storm in LeFlore, Oklahoma also produced hail around baseball-sized.
Hail as large as golf balls continued to pummel northeastern Texas through the night, and several tornado warnings were issued for areas northeast of Dallas.
We have some widespread outages, likely due to wind and lightning. We are working on those currently. We hope to have power restored to the downtown area very shortly.— Paducah Power System (@PaducahPower) March 25, 2019
Strong storms blew into Kentucky, Tennessee and through Arkansas during the evening hours, leaving toppled trees and powerlines in their wake.
By sunrise, these storms had traversed southern Arkansas and northern Louisiana, where they produced similarly heavy rainfall and damaging winds.
Persistent, heavy rainfall inundated a swath of southern Arkansas. There were several reports of over 3 inches of rain in just a couple of hours, which heightened the threat for flash flooding.
Hail was one of the worst I’ve seen in Allen in 20 years!! pic.twitter.com/8PIwImep9y— Vincent Thomas Runco (@VincentRunco) March 25, 2019
Hail in McKinney 😐 pic.twitter.com/a75c3xVE9G— 𝗙𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗚𝗮𝗯𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗵𝗮𝗺 (@gibgabe) March 25, 2019
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