Three people have died and more are injured after a tornado swept through the Golden City area of Barton County, authorities have confirmed. Photos and videos captured the deadly twister.
Shortly thereafter, there were reports of major damage in Jefferson City, Missouri, with people trapped and needing rescue. You can read more about Jefferson City tornado reports here. At least nine people were taken to hospitals, but there were not fatalities in Jefferson City.
The dangerous weather system did cause deaths elsewhere, though.
“Law enforcement can confirm three fatalities in the Golden City area of Barton County and several injuries in the Carl Junction area of Jasper County. #MoWx GoldenCity #CarlJunction,” wrote the official Twitter account of Missouri Public Safety. The people died when the storm struck their home, according to KY3. The home was near State Highway 126 and State Highway T, the television station reported.
There were unconfirmed scanner reports of people trapped in an apartment in Jefferson City as the violent tornado continued its path of damage.
Tornados were earlier reported to have struck both the Golden City and Carl Junction areas of Missouri, leading to the first death and injury reports. Names of those who died were not yet released.
Radar Images Captured Frightening Scenes of the Deadly Twister
Radar images captured the storm’s dangerousness. Earlier in the evening, public safety officials had warned of the looming tornado, writing, “@MSHPTrooperD troopers assisting local 1st responders in Golden City area of Barton Co with door-to-door searches following suspected tornado strike. More dangerous severe weather – tornadoes and flash flooding – expected overnight. Follow your local #MoWx Take cover as needed.”
The reports from the National Weather Service’s St. Louis office were dire. “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,” the Governor said.
Carl Junction is a city in Jasper County, Missouri with a population just under 7,500.
Here’s another look at the frightening twister: