By Dom Calicchio-Fox News
According to the National Weather Service, a “confirmed large and destructive tornado” was observed over Jefferson City, at 11:43 p.m., moving northeast at 40 mph.
The Missouri Department of Public Safety reported extensive damage along Ellis Boulevard near Highway 54 and warned of downed power lines. Authorities warned residents that all downed lines should be considered live — and advised that people stay away from areas that have experienced heavy damage.
Gov. Mike Parson issued a statement via Twitter:
“Major tornados across state tonight, including Jeff City,” Parson wrote. “We’re doing okay but praying for those that were caught in damage, some are still trapped – local emergency crews are on site and assisting.”
News accounts and posts on social media refer to people possibly trapped in apartment complexes, gas leaks, possible damage to the Missouri Statehouse and other impacts.
Weather Nation said emergency officials were reporting “multiple injuries & structure collapses” in the city.
There were no immediate reports about fatalities or injuries.
Jefferson City lies near the center of the state, about 158 miles east of Kansas City and about 132 miles west of St. Louis.