Metro-East News

More severe thunderstorms on the way; ‘isolated tornado’ possible

Strong storms are in the forecast for this afternoon.
Strong storms are in the forecast for this afternoon.

More severe weather is on the way, according to the National Weather Service in St. Louis. The metro-east is under a severe thunderstorm watch until midnight.

The National Weather Service said in the hazardous weather outlook that hail in excess of one inch in diameter and wind gusts in excess of 70 mph are primary threats. An isolated tornado is also possible, according to NWS.

Storms crossing the region earlier Wednesday were producing large hail, strong winds and heavy rain.

There were reports of hail the size of half-dollars in the Trenton area, and power lines down in Lebanon.

There is a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms Thursday with the most likely time for rain coming before 1 p.m. The high will be 75 with wind gusts of up to 20 mph.

Thursday night, the low will be 52 under mostly clear skies.

The forecast calls for sunny skies Friday with a high of 74.

Friday night, there is a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms with a low of 49.

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