No injuries as storms batter nation's midsection

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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 says 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 says high winds managed to blow some rail cars off the tracks in Taylorsville.

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