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.
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.
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.