JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP/KSNF/KODE) — The National Weather Service says a “violent tornado” has touched down in Jefferson City, Missouri, causing possible fatalities and heavy damage.
The service reports that a “confirmed large and destructive tornado” was observed over Jefferson City at 11:43 p.m. Wednesday, moving northeast at 40 mph.
“More dangerous severe weather — tornadoes and flash flooding —expected overnight,” according to a tweet from Missouri Public Safety.
Meanwhile, in Barton County, three people are dead after a storm tore through the area.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol confirms 86-year-old Kenneth G. Harris and 83-year-old Opal P. Harris died in the storm that hit southeast 80th Lane and MO-126.
The couple was found 200 yards from their residence.
Meanwhile, a 56-year-old female is dead and her 56-year-old husband sustained serious injuries in the storm. Their names are not being released at this time.
A fertilizer plant sustained damage near 100th Lane and 60th Road. A roof was blown of a grain bin and due to chemicals that could have possibly been released, a 1-mile radius around the plant has been evacuated for precaution.
The storm blew through around 9:30 Wednesday night. Authorities confirm no other structures were impacted within Golden City city limits.