The death toll could rise.”We were very fortunate last night that we didn’t have more injuries than what we had, and we didn’t have more fatalities across the state,” Gov. Mike Parson told media. Greatest damage occurred in Jefferson City, Missouri’s capital. Emergency crews in Jefferson City were attempting to rescue people trapped in buildings after multiple buildings were damaged, including the Hawthorne Apartment Complex. Several Jefferson City school buildings sustained heavy damage. The power lines have crushed. Gas leaks were reported. A gas station was “ripped apart.” The Red Cross has set up shelters throughout the city. Tornadoes moved at 40 mph through the city, shooting debris 13,000 feet into the air.
Tornado in Missouri
The full scale of the devastation was not immediately clear, but the Missouri Department of Public Safety said the damage was “extensive.” The National Weather Service warned of heavy rainfall over central Missouri. A mandatory evacuation order was issued for the town of Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, at around 5 p.m. local time Wednesday as waters from the Arkansas River continued to rise.