A "violent tornado" broke through the capital of Missouri late Wednesday, causing significant damage in the dark, on a day when storms throughout the state were blamed for three deaths and dozens of people were held in their homes.
The National Weather Service issued a "Tornado Emergency" for the Jefferson City area shortly before midnight when the violent hurricane swept through the area at a speed of about 40 miles per hour.
"This is a life-threatening situation," the NWS said . "Seek Protection Now!"
The tornado struck in a week of tornadoes and heavy rains in parts of the Southern Plains and Midwest for several days.
"It's one thing to see tornado videos from areas where there is not a large population, but areas like Jefferson City are severely affected by a tremendous amount of people," so Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said about "FOX & friends" The video that comes out there is unfortunately only catastrophic David Williams, the main load of the destruction of the storm, said during a press conference on Thursday morning.
"It was a very chaotic and very, very bad situation this morning, late at night," Williams said.
Williams spoke from the sheriff's office in Cole County, where deposits such as insulation, roofing shingles, and metal parts lay on the floor outside the front doors. The authorities have prevented people from starting cleanup until power is restored. District hospitals set up command centers, if necessary.
The lieutenant added that the authorities went "door to door" as daylight increases and search and rescue efforts increased.
Williams reported that no deaths have been reported So far in the capital, but 20 people have been rescued by rescue workers
"It's a chaotic situation," Williams said.
Austin Thomson told the Associated Press he was in the laundry room of his two-complex. History apartment buildings to wash his laundry and noticed that the wind began to catch. He saw rainbows fall and a flagpole bent and then crashed to the ground. The windows broke in and he dived behind the washing machines and dryers. After settling down, the 25-year-old went outside to investigate the damage and got a stuffed animal out of his damaged home for his daughter.
"There is basically a building that basically has only one story," he said.
Jefferson City is located near the center of the state, approximately 158 miles east of Kansas City and approximately 132 miles west of St. Louis. The city has about 40,000 inhabitants.
The State Emergency Operations Center's Missouri Department of Public Security confirmed that nine patients were admitted for storm-related injuries at Jefferson City hospitals.
The MDPS reported extensive damage along Ellis Boulevard near Highway 54, warning of failed power lines. The authorities warned local residents that all downed lines should be considered "live" and advised them to stay away from areas that were severely damaged.
The Missouri Governor, Mike Parson, tweeted "Major Tornados", was reported throughout the state.
Some are still trapped – local forces are on hand to help, "wrote Parson on Twitter.
The Governor later added that due to damage to state buildings and power outages" All over the state, the first responders of Missouri again fast and with strong coordination, as much of the state had to contend with extremely dangerous conditions in which people were injured and trapped. "Houses and tragically led to the deaths of three people," said Parson on Thursday morning.
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The Twister that struck Jefferson City was one of several tornadoes that hit Missouri overnight. According to Dean, there were at least two dozen reports of tornadoes across the region.
"The problem is that the tornadoes came when people were sleeping," Dean said to "FOX & friends." That's why we're asking people to turn on their NOAA weather radios. When the electricity runs out, people are sleeping, at least you know if there is a tornado warning in your area.
The three deaths reported so far occurred in the southwestern part of the state when a large number of people died. The Tornado struck the Golden City of Barton County.
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The storm was expected to continue on Thursday as the storms move east. Storm Prediction Center forecasters said parts of the Ohio Valley and Central Atlantic could see tornadoes, big hail and strong winds.
"On the heel-damaging tornadoes overnight, a boundary stretches from the plains through the Midwest, and in the northeast today and tonight will be the focus for heavy weather," said Dean. "We will control two areas – the Inner Northeast and the North Central Atlantic, as well as a new round of heavy storms from the Texas Panhandle across western Oklahoma to Kansas – both areas will allow hail, damaging winds and tornadoes to hit these regions."
Storms and pouring rains have hit the Midwest of Texas via Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois. The authorities called on residents of several small towns in Oklahoma and Kansas to leave their homes as rivers and streams rise.
This week's deaths include a 74-year-old woman who was found in early Wednesday morning in Iowa. Officials there say she was killed by a possible tornado that damaged a homestead in Adair County. According to Missouri authorities, heavy rains were a factor that contributed to the death of two people in a traffic accident on Tuesday near Springfield.
A fourth weather-related death could have occurred in Oklahoma, where the Highway Patrol said a woman had apparently drowned a barricade Tuesday near Perkins, about 45 miles northeast of Oklahoma City after driving around. The unidentified woman's body was sent to the state doctor's office to confirm the cause of death. Oklahoma Ministry of Emergency Situations spokeswoman Keli Cain said it has not yet been listed as the state's first storm-related death.
Dom Calicchio of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.