Violent thunderstorms weakened to steady rain over north-central and northeastern Texas Wednesday, a day after tornadoes and fierce winds overturned tractor-trailers, damaged homes and uprooted trees.

Dime-sized hail pelted towns just north of Fort Worth shortly before dawn Wednesday while more than 1 1/2 inches of rain soaked Wichita Falls, Texas.Thunderstorms poured rain over Arkansas and Mississippi as well as the central Plains states of Kansas and western Oklahoma.

Slow-moving thunderstorms lingered over north-central and northeastern Texas early Wednesday where the temperatures hovered in the cool 60s and lower 70s, said Hugh Crowther, National Weather Service forecaster.

Crowther said the storm system had weakened a great deal compared to Tuesday when a tornado knocked over three tractor-trailers on I-20 south of Ranger, Texas, and damaged the roof of a truck stop.