Published: Sat, May 25, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Deadly, violent tornado hits Jefferson City, Missouri

Deadly, violent tornado hits Jefferson City, Missouri

Parson said that due to damage sustained by some state buildings in Jefferson City, only essential state employees are being asked to report for work Thursday, urging the others to stay at home.

The state high school track championships scheduled this weekend in the city were moved to different sites in central Missouri, after the Missouri State High School Activities Association issued a warning: "Do not travel to Jefferson City".

The NWS is reporting that the tornado caused heavy damage to certain areas.

Emergency workers reported about two dozen injuries, Williams said, and around 100 of people were in shelters.

The storms on Wednesday hit on the eighth anniversary of a tornado which killed 161 people in Joplin, a city in southeast Missouri.

Mayor Carrie Tergin told CNN that many buildings suffered significant damage as a result of the tornado.

At least three other people have been killed since Monday in Oklahoma and Iowa in a string of at least 30 tornadoes, heavy rains and floods that hit a swath from Texas to IL since Monday. The tornado caused some damage in the town of Carl Junction, about 4 miles (6.44 kilometers) north of the Joplin airport, where several injuries were reported.

An image from John Dolson shows damage at a vehicle dealership early Thursday in Jefferson City.

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Two barges broke loose and floated swiftly down the swollen Arkansas River in eastern Oklahoma on Wednesday, spreading alarm downstream as they threatened to hit a dam.

Marlene Paul watches as the Arkansas River approaches at her Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, home.

Officials were concerned that the barges could hit the I-40 bridge over the river, Stewart said.

A fourth weather-related death may have occurred in Oklahoma, where the Highway Patrol said a woman apparently drowned after driving around a barricade Tuesday near Perkins, about 45 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

The storms come as days of rain have led to flash flood watches and flood warnings in several counties, especially along rivers.

Because of flooding along the Arkansas River and Bayou Manard, some people in and around the communities of Webbers Falls, Muskogee and Fort Gibson were being evacuated Wednesday, state emergency management spokeswoman Keli Cain said.

"More risky severe weather - tornadoes and flash flooding -expected overnight", according to a tweet from Missouri Public Safety.

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