UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A tornado touched down briefly in the St. Louis suburb of University City, damaging some homes and bringing down trees and power lines.
No injuries were immediately reported.
Jim Sieveking, of the National Weather Service in St. Louis, says the tornado touched down at 5:23 a.m. Thursday as a strong storm system with intense lightning and heavy rain moved through the St. Louis region.
Some people were asked to leave their homes in a U City neighborhood while crews worked to fix a gas leak near McKnight. Residents forced to evacuate were allowed to seek shelter at The Herman Park Community Center, located at 975 Pennsylvania Ave.
Power poles were also reported down near Delmar in University City near the scene of the gas leak. A wall also collapsed at an old Walgreens near the intersection of McKnight and Delmar.
Video showed trees blocking streets, damage to some homes and power lines on the ground.
About 7,000 people were without power shortly after the storm.
University City set up a disaster hotline for tornado victims to report non-emergency, disaster related calls. Residents are urged to use the hotline to report tornado or other natural damage, request inspections, request reconnection of utilities, etc. The number for the hotline is (314) 505-8540.
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