Tornado in Jefferson City Missouri

'Violent tornado' strikes Jefferson City, extensive damage reported

Rescue operations are underway, according to officials.

May 23, 2019 - 2:01 am

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KFTK) — Crews in Jefferson City are on the scene of what is being categorized as the aftermath of a 'violent tornado.'

For the third consecutive day dangerous storms prompted numerous tornado warnings and reports of twisters touching down. There have been multiple reports of tornadoes touching down in Missouri.

Missouri Task Force 1 has been activated for search and rescue efforts after a tornado moved through the southern metro area of Jefferson City at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. FEMA has also been asked to assist. First responders are going door to door along Ellis Boulevard and Highway 54 in Jefferson City, checking on residents.

The National Weather Service says the storm moved at about 40 mph and sent debris flying 13,000 feet into the air.

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