Catastrophic Tornado Ravages State Capital, Kills 3 and Injures At Least 20

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May 23, 2019May 23, 2019

Three people were killed and more than 20 injured in an “extremely dangerous” storm in Missouri. The storm sent tornadoes tearing across the area on Wednesday night.

The majority of the damage happened in Missouri's capital, Jefferson City. However, the sad casualties came from 170 miles away from the capital in a small town of Golden City.

Gov. Mike Parson reported the tragic news at a press conference.

“Unfortunately, we’re still assessing damage this morning,” he said. “Those are the only three we know at this time. As far as I know, there’s nobody missing [across the state], which is a good sign, [but] there’s gonna be multiple injuries. You got 20 right here in Jefferson City.”

Local news reported on the deaths of the three people in Golden City. They were an elderly couple and a 56-year-old woman. 

"Kenneth Harris, 86, and his 83-year-old wife, Opal, were found dead Wednesday night about 200 yards from their home outside Golden City, Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. John Lueckenhoff said. Betty Berg, 56, also was killed and her husband, Mark, was seriously injured when their mobile home was destroyed just west of the city." 

A three-mile-square in the capital took the majority of the damage from the storm. That included many of the state facilities, which have been damaged.

"In Jefferson City, the state capital, there is extensive damage along Ellis Boulevard near Highway 54. Power lines are down. Traffic is being diverted as @MSHPTrooperGHQ & local first responders go door-to-door. Consider all power lines live.
Stay out of areas with damage," tweeted the city.

They also asked people to avoid traveling through the areas that took the brunt of the storm.

“Please do not travel into areas impacted by the severe storms! You’ll delay the work of first responders and utility crews, and slow efforts to clear debris,” the agency wrote. “You might also wind up with a flat tire or two.”

Luckily, no people have been reported missing so far. Authorities have been going door-to-door to make sure that all resident are safe and accounted for.

Though no people have been reported missing so far, Williams said authorities would be going door-to-door in affected areas to ensure all residents are accounted for.

The National Weather Service had repeatedly encouraged all residents to seek shelter as “violent” tornadoes headed their way. According to the National Weather Service, at least 29 tornadoes have been reported over the past 24 hours, with debris being sent as high as 13,000 feet into the air.

“It sounds as if the injuries have been few, which is truly amazing considering the extent of the damage,” Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin told CNN.

Please pray for all those who were injured and deceased as a result of this storm. May the living have a full recovery and their families have full healing. 

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