Three Dead as Storms Batter Missouri
Less than twelve hours after tornado and flood warnings were issued for towns in Missouri and Oklahoma, about two dozen injuries and three deaths were reported.
Missouri River Police Lieutenant David Williams confirmed that at least two dozen people were injured and three residents from Golden City lost their lives.
Homes severely damaged in parts of Eldon, Missouri. The town of about 4,900 is about 30 miles southwest of Jefferson City- where an EF-3 tornado hit last night. The NWS said it was the same storm. However, it’s unclear if it was the same tornado. @fox4kc #MoWx pic.twitter.com/Tku7Mxz9Ao— Zac Summers (@ZacOnTV) May 24, 2019
Kenneth Harris, 86, and his 83-year-old wife, Opal, were found dead about 200 yards from their home, and Betty Berg, 56, was killed and her husband, Mark, seriously injured.
In addition, the tornadoes caused millions of dollars in damages in Carl Junction, and Joplin, and thousands of residents were evacuated.
By midnight, the weather service announced that a tornado was moving at approximately 40 miles per hour through central Missouri and shot debris 13,000 feet into the air.
This aerial image shows severe storm damage today in Jefferson City, Mo., after a tornado hit overnight. A tornado tore apart buildings in Missouri's capital city as part of an overnight outbreak of severe weather across the state. | Photo Jeff Roberson https://t.co/AFnZ7wVhmZ pic.twitter.com/iYGhPGoX9x— AP Images (@AP_Images) May 23, 2019
Jefferson City resident Kerry Ann Demetrius told reporters that she had locked herself in the bathroom as the tornado was passing through. She added:
"It sounded like stuff was being thrown around, everything was just banging together, and then it just went dead silent."
Tulsa residents were evacuated due to the Arkansas River flooding its banks. The death toll since last week now stands at seven.