Monday, January 23, 2012
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Tornadoes were spotted in Arkansas as storms moved through parts of the South and Midwest on Sunday night, but there were no reports of any injuries.
The National Weather Service said it received reports of possible tornadoes in Arkansas, Dallas, Lonoke, Prairie and Cleveland counties Sunday night. The storms also brought hail and strong winds as they moved through parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois and Mississippi.
The storms were part of a system threatening parts of the South and Midwest overnight. A tornado watch was in effect for parts of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee early Monday.
National Weather Service forecaster Marlene Mickelson in Memphis, Tenn., told The Associated Press that the Memphis area had some damage from winds that reached 60 to 70 mph.
"Unfortunately it's going to continue across most of western Tennessee and northern Mississippi through most of the night," Mickelson said.
The storms were part of a system threatening parts of the South and Midwest overnight. Tornado warnings were in effect for parts of Tennessee and Alabama early Monday. A tornado watch was in effect for parts of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Memphis-area news stations closely tracked the storms as they approached that city, but it appeared to have been spared.