Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City after tornado hits the city

24 Mai, 2019, 17:57 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Damage is shown along Ellis Boulevard in Jefferson City Missouri

The National Weather Service said a section of the damage near Four Seasons Drive and Flora Drive was rated an EF3 tornado.

A violent tornado hit Missouri's capital Jefferson City late Wednesday night, leaving three people dead, according to Missouri Governor Mike Parson on Thursday morning.

Fox News' Aishah Hasnie on the severe weather in Oklahoma and Texas.

Storms have repeatedly hit the same areas recently, making the Plains and the Midwest more vulnerable to flooding.

Many in Jefferson City considered themselves fortunate to survive.

A quick-moving tornado moving southwest at 40 miles per hour hit Jefferson City, Missouri, late Wednesday night, shooting debris 13,000 feet into the air, injuring at least 20 and ravaging buildings across the state's capital, NPR reported on Thursday, and the Missouri State High School Athletic Association as a result has temporarily suspended the Class 3-4-5 State Track and Field Championships set for this weekend in the city. The capital city has a population of about 40,000 and is located about 130 miles (209 kilometers) west of St. Louis.

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Despite the widespread destruction, there were no reports of deaths or additional injuries in Jefferson City.

A auto is trapped under the fallen metal roof of the Break Time gas station and convenience store in Jefferson City, Missouri.

The tornado was described as a "wedge", meaning it was wider than it was tall.

The NWS reported that a "massive" twister also hit the southeastern part of Jefferson City, damaging buildings, toppling trees and power lines and tossing around parked cars.

Storms and torrential rains have ravaged the midwest, from Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and IL. The town's Facebook page urged residents to leave for safer ground. The weather service received reports of more than a dozen tornadoes, along with numerous reports of large hail and torrential rain.

Officials said a female driver drowned after ignoring a barricade about 45 miles northeast of Oklahoma City - and in Iowa, a 74-year-old woman died from another possible tornado. Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said she isn't yet listed as what would be the state's first storm-related death. Catastrophic flooding in the area even swept some homes into a river.

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