tornado damage Tornado damage in Jefferson City, Mo., on May 23, 2019. (Missouri State Highway Patrol/Twitter)

Tornado Rips Roofs and Walls from Buildings; 3 Dead in Southwest Missouri

The tornado caused heavy damage in Missouri’s capital city as severe weather swept across the state overnight, causing three deaths in southwest Missouri and leaving many people trapped in the wreckage of their homes.

The National Weather Service confirmed the twister that moved over Jefferson City shortly before midnight Wednesday, moving northeast at 40 mph. The capital city has a population of about 40,000 and is located about 130 miles west of St. Louis.

“Across the state, Missouri’s first responders once again responded quickly and with strong coordination as much of the state dealt with extremely dangerous conditions that left people injured, trapped in homes, and tragically led to the death of three people,” Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday morning, as the extent of damage was becoming clear.

Read more at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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