A storm Wednesday night that brought reports of a tornado in Missouri weakened as it passed to the north of the metro-east.
Belleville had heavy rainfall, about 40 mile per hour winds and dime-sized hail, National Weather Service meteorologist Jayson Gosselin said. Winds in Godfrey reached 63 miles per hour and trees 2-feet in diameter were knocked down west of Alton, he added.
Ameren Illinois reported 2,680 customers without power about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday.
A tornado watch was issued for parts of the metro-east and St. Louis region for most of Wednesday night until 3 a.m. Thursday.
Gosselin said the National Weather Service will have to confirm Thursday whether the damage in Hazelwood, Mo., was caused by a tornado or straight line winds. Flights at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport were delayed temporarily Wednesday night but normal operations resumed about 9 p.m.
The high temperature Wednesday was about 76 degrees. Cooler weather is expected the rest of the week with a high of 53 degrees on Thursday and a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms. Friday's high will be 51 degrees under partly sunny skies.
"For April, certainly a chilly day... certainly not feel like spring," Gosselin said.