Violent thunderstorms erupted from Texas to Kentucky Thursday, producing damaging winds, large hail, and some tornadoes.
Several tornadoes struck Missouri according to CNN, including one near St. Louis. Tornadic storms – along with softball-sized hail – also rocked Denton County, Texas, which is north of Dallas.
There were scattered reports of damage from the storms, but not fatalities.
Here’s a compilation of the some of the most dramatic images from this first spring severe weather outbreak of 2014:
That will make you want to leave early.. Storm rolling through during the Frisco RoughRiders ballgame.. pic.twitter.com/unWADMJt1W— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) April 4, 2014
Over Denton now pic.twitter.com/O6p2iEFK3U— Amos Magliocco (@amosmagliocco) April 3, 2014
Center of circulation for tornado-warned storm passing over Denton, TX. pic.twitter.com/hdxxWqA2mD— U.S. Tornadoes (@USTornadoes) April 3, 2014
Video recap from the Associated Press
On anniversary of 1974 Super Outbreak
The outbreak occurred on the 40-year anniversary of the 1974 “super outbreak” that produced 148 tornadoes in 18 hours and killed 330 people. Here’s some good reading material if you’d like to learn more:
The Super Outbreak of April 3-4, 1974 (National Weather Service)
Anniversary of 1974 Super Tornado Outbreak (Jesse Ferrell, AccuWeather)
40th anniversary of 1974 Super Outbreak (interactive map) (USTornadoes, Brendan Heberton)