Tornado touches down in Mena

MENA, Ark. (AP) - A spokeswoman for the state Emergency Management Department says a tornado has touched down in downtown Mena.

Renee Preslar says the Polk County Courthouse took "a direct hit" from the storm that struck just after 8 p.m. Thursday night.

Preslar says the county requested National Guard troops to secure downtown Mena. Officials also have asked utility companies to shut off all gas lines to Mena and surrounding areas.

Preslar says emergency management officials have heard of no injuries from the storm, but they were still gathering information about what happened.

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