Tornadoes were reported from Texas to Illinois late Thursday with the region also battered by high winds and baseball-sized hail.
Meteorologists received eight reports of twisters touching down during a three-hour period, according to the National Weather Service.
Hundreds of buildings were damaged and least four people were injured, The Weather Channel reported.
Four of the twisters hit northeast Texas between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. local time Thursday. The last of these reportedly took a barn off its foundation and tore down several trees about five miles northwest of Mount Vernon.
Three twisters reportedly hit in Missouri and another was suspected in the southern tip of Illinois.
The hail storm hit a swath of the central U.S. including Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Kansas.