Missouri S&T wind engineer assesses Jefferson City tornado damage

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A tornado caused heavy damage in Missouri's capital city as severe weather swept across the state overnight, causing at least three deaths and injuring almost two dozen people as homes and businesses were ripped apart.

Map locating Golden City in the USA state of Missouri where at least three people were killed in a tornado. Emergency workers reported about two dozen injuries but no fatalities in the city of about 40,000 people. The tornado prompted an unrelenting stream of 911 calls, with some reporting serious injuries.

About 20 people were rescued by emergency personnel, and although there were no reports of missing people, authorities planned door-to-door checks Thursday, he said.

Residents affected by a powerful tornado in Missouri's capital city now could have to withstand some hot weather without electricity to their homes. The Special Olympics Missouri Training for Life facility also was hit with part of its roof blown off.

The three deaths occurred more than 150 miles away near Golden City in Missouri's southwest corner, Missouri Public Safety said.

"Since the tornadoes struck late at night, the scale of the damage wasn't immediately clear", Aaron Self, the president of U-Haul Company of Missouri, said in a statement. The swollen river is projected to top a levee on the north side of the river by Friday, potentially flooding the city's airport, which already has been evacuated. "We are receiving multiple calls for people being trapped in their homes", Williams said.

The destruction in Jefferson City came toward the end of a string of strong storms and suspected tornadoes that swept through parts of Missouri on Wednesday. About 30 minutes later, the Jefferson City 911 Center began receiving reports of damage.

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"It really creates a very unsafe situation", Tafanelli said.

The state's track and field championship venue, held at Adkins Stadium at Jefferson City High School, was impacted directly, as fast winds ripped off the press box's roof and threw debris across the track.

Winds reached an estimated 160 miles per hour and the storm's start time was 11:40 pm, reports KMBC News 9, citing the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

He said several people were injured seriously enough to be sent to the hospital, but he did not have specifics.

Violent storms tore through the central U.S. this week, devastating parts of Missouri and Oklahoma, which were hit by dozens of tornadoes and flooding.

KJRH television reported loose barges hit a dam on the Arkansas River in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Flash flooding, hail larger than golf balls and wind gusts over 70mph have all been reported. He figured that 98 percent of the approximately 750 vehicles on the lot were damaged. However, the wrecked barges sank and are blocking three of the dam's 12 flood gates.