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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Storms and weather alerts woke up many in the St. Louis metropolitan area, but that was just the first round expected for Thursday.

More storms, high winds, hail and even possible tornadoes could come through the St. Louis area late Thursday afternoon and into the evening, according to NewsChannel 5 meteorologists.

Thursday morning, a tornado touched down in University City as well as severe thunderstorms rocked the metropolitan area. Jim Sieveking, of the National Weather Service in St. Louis, said the tornado touched down at 5:23 a.m. The tornado was later confirmed to be between an EF0 and an EF1.

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Several areas in Missouri and Illinois experienced power outages from the storms, and in Missouri, power was expected to be restored no later than noon. Ameren Missouri also set up a mobile command center in University City to respond to outages.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon issued a state of emergency in Missouri due to the severe storms and flooding threat.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, Phelps and Dent counties down into the Ozarks area had tornado watches issued, according to the National Weather Service.

NewsChannel 5 meterologist Chester Lampkin said heavy rain and showers will continue throughout the day with a short break in early afternoon.

Prior to the evening rush hour, strong storms will move back into the area and expected to last through midnight. Flooding and tornadoes are possible throughout this evening.

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By the early hours of Friday, the storms should be moving out of the region and skies will slowly clear with highs in the low 50s.

Be sure to stay up-to-date on the latest weather information by downloading our First Alert Weather app through the iTunes or Google Play stores.

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