Tornado briefly touches down near St. Louis

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) - No injuries are reported from a tornado that touched down briefly in the St. Louis suburb of University City this morning, damaging some homes and bringing down trees and power lines.

The National Weather Service says the tornado touched down after 5 a.m. as a strong storm system with intense lightning and heavy rain moved through the St. Louis region.

Video from St. Louis media 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.