Several small-to-medium size trees were toppled in Joplin, MO during a severe thunderstorm that hit the city with wind gusts over 50 mph.

JOPLIN, Mo. — A late-night severe thunderstorm caused damage to homes, businesses and trees inside the city limits of Joplin.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Jasper County around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday night (5/4), just before the storm went through Joplin.

The NWS said the severe storm produced pea-sized hail, wind gusts over 50 mph, heavy rain and dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning that struck at least two homes in Jasper and Newton County.

Area fire departments responded to the two homes reportedly hit by lightning, making sure no fires were started by the strike.

In Joplin, the storm caused damage to many roofs and outbuildings, knocked over several small-to-medium size trees, broke large tree branches and cut the power to more than 1,800 Liberty Utilities customers.

A Liberty Utilities “Total Outages” graphic (formatted for smart phones) shows the date, time and locations of the major power outages. If you’re a customer with Liberty Utilities and need to report a power outage, or perhaps you would like to know how many in your area are without power, just click on the graphic above, which links you to Liberty Utilities “Outage Map,” located on their website.

SLIDESHOW: Photos of Damage Caused By The Severe Storm

The highest concentration of minor storm damage occurred along and south of 20th Street, toward 32nd Street in Joplin.

Several residents living near 22nd Street and Moffet Avenue said the winds from the severe thunderstorm, “sounded like those from a tornado.”

Forecasters at The National Weather Service Office in Springfield, MO said the severe storm did not produce any tornadoes, but straight line winds were likely to have occurred.

By 11:00 p.m. Wednesday night, the Severe Thunderstorm Warning was lifted for Jasper County and Joplin.

The Joplin Fire Department along with crews from the Joplin Public Works Department, responded to several locations near 20th and Main Street to cut up trees that had fallen over residential streets.

By midnight (5/5), Liberty Utilities had restored power to the majority of its customers affected by the outage the severe storm caused.