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Tragedy and Loss in Missouri: 3 Dead, Dozens Injured, More Tornadoes and Flooding Expected

05-23-2019
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Missouri Tornado damage (AP photo)

A devastating tornado struck the capital of Missouri overnight leaving a trail of death and destruction. 

Across the state, severe storms unleashed flooding and tornadoes, causing at least three deaths and dozens of injuries. At least seven people have been killed by ongoing severe weather across the region this week.

Video from Missouri's capital of Jefferson City shows buildings crushed, power lines down, and cars destroyed.

"We heard a loud bang. It sounded like stuff was being thrown around, everything was just banging together, and then it just went dead silent," 
said Kerry Ann Demetrius of Jefferson City. The roof was blown off her apartment building.

Hospitals have been working to treat at least 19 people in the city with minor injuries.

Meanwhile, there were a number of reports of people trapped in homes and apartment complexes.

After looking over the worst of the damage in Jefferson City, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson called the tornado's impact "devastating."

"Across the state, Missouri's first responders once again responded quickly and with strong coordination as much of the state dealt with extremely dangerous conditions that left people injured, trapped in homes, and tragically led to the death of three people," Gov. Parson said.

Dozens of tornadoes have touched down across the plains states in the last few days. More than 20 hit Missouri and Oklahoma on Wednesday bringing storms and torrential rain.

Missouri Public Safety warned residents that more tornadoes and flash flooding is likely. 

Residents of Tulsa, Oklahoma are packing and moving to higher ground because more homes and businesses could soon be underwater. 

"We've called up some of the National Guard so we have some of their resources now deployed in some areas of the state," Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said. 

It's been more than 30 years since Tulsa has seen storms and floods like this. 

Part of this storm system is expected to move northeast today, bringing a chance for severe weather from West Virginia to New England.

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