A band of severe weather stretched across a swath of the Midwest and South on Thursday, with hailstorms in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas following a small tornado in suburban St. Louis.

Savage thunderstorms kept North Texas on edge Thursday and Thursday night, spawning a reported tornado in one town and pummeling another with hail as large as softballs.

Four people were injured Thursday night when a suspected tornado destroyed a farmhouse and a mobile home near Merit, about 40 miles northeast of Dallas. Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said the injuries weren’t believed to be life-threatening.

That storm first hit Farmersville, a town 35 miles northeast of Dallas, toppling utility poles and trees and damaging roofs. Earlier, severe thunderstorms pummeled Denton with grapefruit-sized hail. The National Weather Service repored hail of 3½-inch diameters and larger fell north of downtown Denton on Thursday afternoon. City spokeswoman Lindsay Baker said damage such as broken windows and skylights was widespread.

Small twister hits city west of St. Louis

No injuries resulted from the twister that hit University City, just west of St. Louis shortly before 5:30 a.m., damaging about 100 homes in winds that reached up to 110 mph.

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