May 23, 2019– Mary Greeley News – Missouri’s capital Jefferson City got the brunt of the damage, though the three fatalities happened nearly 200 miles away
Jefferson City hospitals report treating 20 people after a tornado hit the city overnight.
Jessica Royston, a spokeswoman for SSM St. Mary’s Hospital, said seven people with minor injuries were treated there.
About 12 people suffering minor to moderate injuries such as cuts and bruises were treated at Capital Regional Medical Center.
Spokeswoman Lindsay Huhman says only one person was admitted.
‘Catastrophic’ tornado hits Missouri state capital Jefferson City https://t.co/NXrHomyhRl
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Missouri, Oklahoma and other areas hit with severe weather this week are not out of the woods yet.
Today tornadoes could pose threats from Lubbock, Texas, to the Kansas City area and from Columbus, Ohio, to Philadelphia, according to CNN meteorologist Haley Brink.
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. You might also wind up with a flat tire or two. And we've just witnessed a crash due to rubbernecking in Jefferson City! https://t.co/94VfzwrM1w
— MO Public Safety (@MoPublicSafety) May 23, 2019
Though much of the damage from the powerful tornado hit the state’s capital of Jefferson City, the three fatalities were reported in the small town of Golden City about 170 miles away, Gov. Mike Parson said 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.”
Strong/severe storms are possible this afternoon thru tonight, but there are better chances of strong/severe storms Friday afternoon/night. The main threats will be large hail & damaging winds. Now is the time to plan! Check back for future updates. #stlwx #mowx #ilwx #midmowx pic.twitter.com/g0UHvyLUKd
— NWS St. Louis (@NWSStLouis) May 23, 2019
Jefferson City Police Lt. David Williams said at the same press conference that a three-mile-square in the capital city had received the brunt of the damage from the storm, and that emergency sirens were first activated at 11:10 p.m. local time on Wednesday night.
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.
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