- Three people are dead and at least 20 injured after a tornado swept through Missouri on Wednesday night.
- More than 170 tornadoes have been reported in the region since Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
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The tornado hit the state’s capital, Jefferson City, as well as Golden City, more than 150 miles away and where the fatalities occurred.
At a morning press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Mike Parson described “a lot of devastation throughout the state.”
“We were very fortunate last night that we didn’t have more injuries than what we had, and we didn’t have more fatalities across the state,” Parson said. “But three is too many.”
More than 170 tornadoes have been reported in the region since Friday, according to the National Weather Service, with at least 29 reported in the past 24 hours, mostly in Missouri and Oklahoma.
Check out photos of the damage caused by last night’s storm.
The National Weather Service confirmed around 11:40 p.m. local time that Jefferson City was hit by a “violent tornado” and urged residents to “shelter now!”
Multiple buildings in Jefferson City, including schools, apartment complexes and state buildings, experienced damage. The Red Cross established shelters for residents.
The tornado sent debris as high as 13,000 feet into the air, according to the National Weather Service.
Jefferson City Police Lt. David Williams said that most of the damage occurred in a three-square-mile radius.
A local reporter who spoke with Matt Lindewirth, chief of Cole County EMS, tweeted on Wednesday night that local hospitals “have entered disaster mode, and are calling their staff back in.”
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sent a task force to assist the city with search and rescue efforts following the tornado. Gas leaks and 13,000 power outages were reported in the area.
Extreme weather may be on the horizon on Thursday, with CNN meteorologist Haley Brink reporting possible tornado threats “from Lubbock, Texas, to Kansas City and from Columbus, Ohio, to Philadelphia.”
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