Tornado spotted in SE Missouri; no damage reported

Friday, March 2, 2012 | 11:48 a.m. CST; updated 12:23 p.m. CST, Friday, March 2, 2012

ST. LOUIS — Much of eastern Missouri is on alert amid concerns about potentially dangerous weather.

A tornado was spotted Friday morning near Greenville. Officials with the sheriff's departments in Wayne and Bollinger counties said there were no immediate reports of damage, but several counties were under a tornado watch.

Earlier Friday, many St. Louis-area residents were awakened by the crackling sound of hail on the roof Friday. There were several reports of hail the size of a quarter in places ranging from Florissant in St. Louis County to Hermann, about 60 miles southwest of St. Louis.

There were no immediate reports of significant hail damage.

The storm was part of an unsettled weather pattern and followed deadly tornadoes that ripped through the state earlier this week.

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