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Violent tornado's rip across Missouri, killing 3 people and causing major damage

Government officials and residents of Missouri began picking up the documents and assessing the damage on Thursday after a deadly late night tornado outbreak devastated various parts of the state, including the capital, Jefferson City.

A large tornado ripped through Jefferson City late on Wednesday evening at around 11:45 AM CDT. The National Weather Service in St. Louis issued a tornado emergency for the area after a & # 39; violent tornado & # 39; was fixed to the ground. First responders worked throughout the night to launch search and rescue operations for people trapped in collapsed buildings.

Jefferson City police have confirmed that at least 20 citizens are being transported to local hospitals.

The Jefferson City tornado received a preliminary assessment of EF3 on Thursday afternoon, meaning it had a peak wind speed of 160 mph.

Three people were killed in Golden City, Missouri, after a tornado traveled through the region on Wednesday night, according to The Joplin Globe. A tornadic thunderstorm followed from Ottawa County, Oklahoma, to Bexter Springs and Galena, Kansas, and then to Carl Junction, Oronogo and Golden City, Missouri.

The identities of the victims were released later on Thursday morning. Missouri Highway Patrol spokesperson Sgt. John Lueckenhoff told the Associated Press that the bodies of 86-year-old Kenneth Harris and his 83-year-old wife, Opal, were killed during the storm. Their bodies were reportedly found about 200 meters from their home.

Just west of Golden City, 56-year-old Betty Berg was killed when her mobile home was destroyed. Her husband, Mark, was seriously injured.

Golden City and Jefferson City are about three hours apart. Golden City is located in southwestern Missouri, while Jefferson City is further north in the central part of the state.

Wednesday evening from Wednesday to Thursday, the round of harmful thunderstorms broke out in the central United States just after a severe weather situation in the region earlier this week.

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Jessica Rodgers and a neighbor, Ray Arellana, carry a stroller with Rodgers & sister Sophia Rodgers on crashed power lines in Jefferson City, Missouri, Thursday, May 23, 2019.

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A woman investigates damage Thursday, May 23, 2019, after a tornado tore through Jefferson City, Mo. end of Wednesday 22 May 2019.

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This still image from video by Chris Higgins shows a tornado in Carl Junction, Missouri, on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The tornado caused damage to the city about 6.5 kilometers north of Joplin airport.

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A car is stuck under the metal roof of the Break Time gas station and supermarket in Jefferson City, Missouri, Thursday May 23, 2019 in tornado.

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The sign for the Hidden Oaks apartment complex in Jefferson City, Missouri, is bent on Thursday 23 May 2019 from a tornado in front of a torn apart tree.

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This photo was taken on video from Shayla Brooks and shows a tornado on Wednesday May 22, 2019 in Carl Junction, Missouri.

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This image posted on Stechshultsy's Twitter account shows Jefferson City, Missouri, on Thursday, May 23, 2019, affected by the tornado. The NWS confirmed that a large, devastating tornado did serious damage.

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A destroyed sign for a car wash is seen in Jefferson City, Missouri, Thursday, May 23, 2019, with a badly damaged gas station in the background.

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These photos show the damaged Missouri Division of Employment Security Office in Jefferson City.

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Debris is scattered across Jackson and Dunklin Streets in Jefferson City, Missouri, on Thursday, May 23. Public security officials are urging residents to give crews room to clear up the aftermath of the tornado.

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Plastic seats are in the way and metal from a damaged gas station roof has been rotated around a lowered power line in Jefferson City, Missouri, on Thursday, May 23, 2019, after a major tornado was torn through the state capital.

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The Missouri Department of Public Security tweeted images of major damage in Jefferson City, the state's capital, including signs ripped from their posts along Ellis Boulevard off Highway 54.

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The Missouri Department of Public Security tweeted images of major damage in Jefferson City, including descending high-voltage lines along Ellis Boulevard off Highway 54.

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This image of the Missouri State Highway Patrol shows downed trees and power lines after a tornado hit Jefferson City, Missouri, Wednesday night.

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A wall crashed in Jefferson City, Missouri, on Thursday, May 23, 2019, after a violent tornado hit the area.

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This is one of several vehicles that were damaged on or near WB BUS 54 near Eldon, Missouri on Wednesday evening.

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The tornado that tore through Missouri late Wednesday night, destroyed trees and houses.

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The tornado that struck Missouri on Wednesday night tore through Eldon, Missouri, along power lines, cracking trees and destroying homes.

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The roof of this building was torn off during the tornado that struck Missouri on Wednesday night.

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Residents of Eldon, Missouri are cleaning up the damage left behind by the tornado that struck Wednesday night.

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The whirlwind that struck Jefferson City on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, followed near the Law Enforcement Academy of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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The tornado that struck Jefferson City, Missouri on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, tore the roof off this house and caused other major structural damage.

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Trees and power lines were torn off the ground and knocked down during the whirlwind that struck Jefferson City on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

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These trees were uprooted and chopped off in Jefferson City, Missouri by the tornado that struck Wednesday night May 22, 2019.

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The tornado that struck Jefferson City on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, not only streamlined, but flipped cars & # 39; s as seen in the background of this photo.

The governor of Missouri, Mike Parson, confirmed damage to state buildings and that power was out in some areas. Parson had earlier declared a state of emergency earlier this week due to repeated rounds of heavy weather and the ongoing flood.

"Across the state, Missouri emergency responders reacted again quickly and with strong coordination because so much of the state was facing extremely dangerous conditions that injured people, got stuck in homes, and tragically killed three people," Parson said in a Thursday morning press conference.

The governor made an air trip through the tornado damage and the ongoing flood on Thursday morning, which he said "devastated" the state.

President Donald Trump in a tweet Thursday conveyed condolences to those in the affected regions & # 39; s.

"Our hearts go out to the people of Missouri when they wake up to assess the damage caused by storms. You are strong and resilient and we are here to help," Trump tweeted.

Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin issued an updated state of emergency that was implemented on May 22 and related to the flooding of the Missouri River and its tributaries.

On Thursday, Tergin released a curfew in Jefferson City at 7 p.m. until 5 p.m., from tonight because the damage assessment continues.

Jefferson City curfew area

The curfew set up for Jefferson City on May 23, 2019, extends from Lafayette Street to Madison Street, and it will last from 9:00 am. up to 5 a.m. (City of Jefferson)

Residents interviewed in the aftermath of the storms described the terrifying ordeal as they encountered damage. "I thought we were dead," said Jefferson City Larry Jett, Martin Augustine told a reporter at KMBC. Jett told Augustine that he and his mother were picked up from the floor and thrown down.

Another Jefferson City resident told KMOV that the tornado "felt like an earthquake."

The Red Cross said it opened a daycare center in Jefferson City at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

Among the agencies that responded to the tornado were the Jefferson City Fire Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and Missouri Task Force 1, a specialized urban search and rescue team.

In addition to tornadoes, thunderstorms up to and including Wednesday evening brought with it all forms of heavy weather, including flash nuisance, destructive hail larger than golf balls and gusts of wind above 70 mph.

After the heavy downpours, the river level rose and threatened to break the dikes, at least four of which Thursday afternoon overwhelmed by Brunswick, DeWitt, Mi-De and Linneman-Weekly Levees. The Ray-Carroll Levee also had a wave overtopping.

Threatening storms followed the Joplin, Missouri area, but ultimately left no major damage to the city. For Joplin, the risk of damaging storms and tornadoes came on the anniversary of the devastating EF5 that tore through the city in 2011.

Since Monday, nearly 100 tornado reports have been distributed across the central states and the threat will continue on Thursday and Friday. More than 30 were reported on Wednesday.

The three fatalities in Missouri bring the death toll from the burst of heavy weather to seven.

Two people were killed in a traffic accident near Springfield, Missouri, on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. The Missouri Highway Patrol told the AP that heavy rain was a contributing factor in the crash. One fatality was reported in Perkins, Oklahoma, about 45 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, when a driver drowned on Tuesday after driving around a flood warning barrier and flooded lane, according to emergency management officials.

A tornado-related death was reported in Adair, Iowa, after severe storms ripped through the area early Wednesday. The Adair County Sheriff office told the AP that rescuers recovered the body of 74-year-old Linda Brownlee, while 78-year-old Harold Brownlee was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries. The Adair / Guthrie County Emergency Manager said that one building was destroyed and two to three outbuildings were damaged on the farm, just south of Interstate 80.


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Extra laps of heavy thunderstorms are in the forecast for the central US on Thursday and Friday. This includes a similar area to Wednesday's storms that stretch from Texas to Illinois.

The first tornado on Wednesday was confirmed near Cromwell, Oklahoma, east of Oklahoma City. Several homes were destroyed in Jay, Oklahoma, after a tornado was hit, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Public Safety Department. No injuries reported.

Some parts of the southern plains have received more than a month of rain since the weekend. Deadly storms that tore over Oklahoma and neighboring states earlier this week caused dozens of reported tornadoes and resulted in devastating floods in parts of Oklahoma on Wednesday. Rain from this new round of thunderstorms can cause flooding water to expand further and flood more roads and communities.

"Because multiple storms can repeatedly move across the same locations this week, flooding will again be a major problem. Some communities can get another 3 to 6 inches of rain on top of what fell early in the week," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Elliott.

Download the free AccuWeather app to stay up to date with the latest warnings for heavy weather. Keep checking for updates on AccuWeather.com and stay up to date with the AccuWeather network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.

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