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No injuries as storms batter nation's midsection

No injuries as storms batter nation's midsection

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Severe storms have battered part of the nation's midsection, toppling trees onto homes in Arkansas and blowing rail cars off of tracks in Illinois.

But unlike the storms that killed at least 46 people in six states less than a week ago, there weren't any immediate reports of injuries Tuesday.

In Garland County, Ark., a tree crashed into an occupied home, but officials say the family escaped unharmed.

In Missouri, the Pike County Sheriff's Department said three tornadoes were spotted in a 45-minute period. Some homes and bars were damaged. Tornadoes were also reported near St. Louis, and the city's Lambert Airport was closed for a time.

In Illinois, the National Weather Service reported that high winds managed to blow some rail cars off the tracks in Taylorsville.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Severe Weather Update

Severe Weather Update

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Several severe thunderstorms are moving across the state with funnel clouds being spotted in the southwest Little Rock area. Chief Meteorologist Ed Buckner advises Lonoke and Jefferson county residents to take cover at this time. Hail has been spotted in White, Yell and Polk counties. Rotation for northern Saline and western Pulaski county has been spotted.

You can track the storm on our LiveView Radar. Stay with Today's THV, THV2.com, and 94.1 FM for the latest updates on this round of storms.

National Weather Service working to keep you informed

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Tracking weather updates and information is easier with the advancement of technology. But when there is a threat for severe weather, the National Weather Service increases their work load to get the word to out to Arkansans.

"We are in pretty much close to peak severe weather season here in Arkansas," says Chris Buonanno, Science and Operations Officer with the National Weather Service.

Buonanno says preparation is key when severe weather strikes.

"One of our forecasters is preparing a multi-media briefing that will be available on our website. We're expecting a lot more folks here during the late afternoon and evening hours when we're expecting the peak of the severe weather," Buonanno adds.

Two tornadoes confirmed in central Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The National Weather Service says at least two tornadoes hit Arkansas this week in devastating storms that killed at least seven people.

One twister went through neighborhoods in west Little Rock. Another touched down about six and a half miles south of Scott.
John Robinson, a warning coordination meteorologist for the weather service, says the danger to residents may have been worse late Thursday and early Friday because the storms hit during the middle of the night.

In several cases, victims were asleep when the storms hit their homes.

Robinson and other officials say there's a greater risk of injuries or death when storms hit in the middle of the night.

On Saturday, work crews and residents continued to clear trees and fix storm damage.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Track outages in your area

Track outages in your area

PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- With severe weather sweeping across south Arkansas, power outages are to be expected. As of this writing, more than 2,260 Clark County residents and 5,330 Jefferson County residents are without power.

You can track power outages on Entergy's website. For updates on the severe weather situation, stay with Today's THV and www.todaysthv.com.