No Injuries As Tornadoes Reported In Ark.

By Salon Staff

Published January 23, 2012 11:27AM (EST)

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 immediate reports of 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.

In Alabama, the National Weather Service said it had received several reports of damage in areas northeast of Birmingham.

The storms were part of a system threatening parts of the South and Midwest overnight. Tornado warnings were in effect for parts of Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama early Monday.

National Weather Service forecaster Marlene Mickelson in Memphis, Tenn., told The Associated Press 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.

Memphis-area news stations closely tracked the storms as they approached that city, but it appeared to have been spared.

Salon Staff

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