Tornado Touches Down North of Memphis

MEMPHIS, TN - Emergency officials say a tornado touched down northeast of Memphis, and authorities were tracking more reports of touchdowns in southeastern Tennessee.

The line of storms struck the Memphis area late Tuesday afternoon, snarling the evening commute and threatening voters heading to the Super Tuesday polls.

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeremy Heidt says authorities confirmed a tornado touchdown near Arlington, about 25 miles northeast of downtown Memphis.

No injuries were immediately reported but the twister did knock out a radio tower for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Forecasters were monitoring another strong storm cell moving northeast from DeSoto County, Mississippi, toward the Memphis airport.

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