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PHOTOS: First Severe Storm Outbreak of Season Strikes Eastern Half of US

The first series of severe weather events thrashed across the eastern half of the United States late this week, producing golf ball-sized hail, damaging wind gusts, heavy rain and even a few tornadoes.

Beginning late Wednesday night and ramping up Thursday, the storm system erupted spanning from northern Texas to southern Indiana.

Rounds of storms left thousands without power in Arkansas on Thursday night and numerous roadways flooded throughout Indiana.

By Thursday evening, nine tornadoes had been ignited by the storm system throughout Missouri, Kansas and Texas.

The severe weather will move eastward on Friday, impacting areas from Atlanta to Cleveland.


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