- Associated Press - Friday, April 4, 2014

DENTON, Texas (AP) - Savage thunderstorms kept North Texas on edge, spawning a reported tornado in one town and pummeling another with hail as large as softballs.

Four people were injured Thursday night when a suspected tornado destroyed a farmhouse and a mobile home near Merit, about 40 miles northeast of Dallas. Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said the injuries weren’t believed to be life-threatening.

That storm first hit Farmersville, a town 35 miles northeast of Dallas, toppling utility poles and trees and damaging roofs.

Earlier, severe afternoon thunderstorms pummeled Denton with grapefruit-sized hail. The National Weather Service reports hail of 3½-inch diameters and larger fell north of downtown Denton Thursday afternoon. City spokeswoman Lindsay Baker said damage such as broken windows and skylights was widespread.

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