The city of Jefferson Missouri is waking up to destruction, chaos, and fatalities.. A night time tornado struck the city as a storm system trudged through the state. Night time tornadoes are much worse than daylight versions as people are asleep.. guards are down.. and there is little time to prepare in the darkness of the landscape..
This from the NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE the morning after:
The service reported that a “confirmed large and destructive tornado” was observed over Jefferson City at 11:43 p.m. Wednesday, moving northeast at 40 mph (64 kph). The capital city has a population of about 40,000 and is located about 130 miles west of St. Louis.
Missouri Public Safety said the three were killed in the Golden City area of Barton County, near Missouri’s southwest corner, as the severe weather moved in from Oklahoma, where rescuers struggled to pull people from high water. The tornado hit during a week that has seen several days of tornadoes and torrential rains in parts of the Southern Plains and Midwest.
The damage spanned about a 3-mile area in the state capital, Jefferson City Police Lt. David Williams said. About 20 people were rescued by emergency personnel, and although there were no reports of missing people, authorities planned to make door-to-door checks on Thursday, he said.
The weather service reported that a “confirmed large and destructive tornado” was observed over Jefferson City at 11:43 p.m.
From the AP”
Austin Thomson, 25, was in the laundry room of his apartment complex to do his wash and noticed the wind started picking up. He saw sheets of rain coming down and a flagpole bend and then slam to the ground. The windows broke and he dove behind the washers and dryers.
After it calmed down, he walked outside to check the damage.
“There’s basically one building that’s basically one story now. Every building there is two stories.”
The National Weather Service said it had received 22 reports of tornadoes by late Wednesday, although some of those could be duplicate reporting of the same twister.
One tornado skirted just a few miles north of Joplin, Missouri, on the eighth anniversary of a catastrophic tornado that killed 161 people in the city. The tornado caused some damage in the town of Carl Junction, about 4 miles (6.44 kilometers) north of the Joplin airport.
And in a tragic sense of irony, May 22 was the 8th anniversary of the historic and deadly Joplin tornado in 2011…