UPDATE: Jefferson County Police have confirmed that there were no fatalities and no missing people from Wednesday night’s storm.
Jefferson City, Missouri is recovering this morning after a tornado devastated the town. Sunrise revealed extensive damage in the state capital.
Neighborhoods surrounding downtown Jefferson had extensive damage.
At least 9 residents were injured as multiple structures faced partial collapses. Emergency officials worked through the night, responding to a wave of 911 calls.
@MSHPTrooperF is in Jefferson City assisting @JeffCityPolice and Cole County Sheriff Dept. after tonight’s tornado. If you are NOT affected, please avoid the area. You will see several power lines down in these pictures. Treat them as though they are live. #MoWx pic.twitter.com/JHyNNfDX8F
— MSHP Troop F (@MSHPTrooperF) May 23, 2019
The storm occurred overnight on Wednesday, startling many. One resident saw the menacing twister as lighting flashes illuminated the funnel.
At least 31 tornadoes have been reported across Missouri and Oklahoma from Wednesday’s storms. One twister turned deadly in Golden City, MO, claiming three lives.
— MO Public Safety (@MoPublicSafety) May 23, 2019
Our field correspondents will be covering the aftermath, bringing more information throughout the day.