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Tornado Damages Homes and Downs Trees in St. Louis

Tyann Scales, 14, walks through her neighborhood to see the damage after a tornado touched down briefly in the St. Louis area on April 3. Christian Gooden / St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP

A tornado touched down Thursday and cut a half-mile path outside St. Louis, the National Weather Service said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, but the storm brought down trees and power lines. The twister struck the St. Louis suburb of University City. The tornado was about 100 yards wide, the weather service said. It was classified as an EF-1, the second-weakest on the scientific scale, meaning it probably packed wind of at least 86 mph.

Above, Tyann Scales, 14, walks through her neighborhood to see the damage on Thursday in University City.

Image: Jason Reidl, left, and Chris Thomas with Laclede Gas, look at a fallen tree that ruptured a gas main in University City, Mo.
Jason Reidl, left, and Chris Thomas with Laclede Gas, look at a fallen tree that ruptured a gas main on April 3 in University City, Mo. Christian Gooden / St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP