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Tornado rips through Missouri capital

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/23/19, 10:16 am

A tornado touched down in Jefferson City, Mo., Wednesday night, causing heavy damage, while severe weather and tornadoes across the state overnight caused at least three deaths and left many trapped in their homes. The National Weather Service reported a “confirmed large and destructive tornado” over the capital city just before midnight Wednesday. Missouri Public Safety confirmed in a tweet that three people were killed in the Golden City area of Barton County and several were injured in the Carl Junction area of Jasper County.

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Tornadoes and flooding batter Great Plains

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/22/19, 11:32 am

A severe weather system unleashed more than 30 tornadoes in the southern Great Plains on its way to the Great Lakes region over the past two days. Missouri and parts of Illinois and Arkansas bore the brunt of the severe weather on Tuesday. Brandon Beasley, 23, and his wife, Christin, 24, of Missouri died on Tuesday when their SUV skidded across a highway into a tractor trailer in heavy rain. Storms on Monday flipped campers at Lucas Oil Speedway in Hickory, Mo., injuring seven people. Four were taken to the hospital.

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Storm brings tornadoes, floods to Plains

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/21/19, 10:00 am

An intense storm system spawned numerous tornadoes and brought a deluge of rain to the southern Plains on Monday, with more confirmed twisters on Tuesday. More than a dozen tornado sightings were reported in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, and Missouri early Monday evening, causing scattered damage but no reported injuries. A tornado hit Tuesday morning near Tulsa International Airport, damaging at least one nearby home. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation shut down Interstate 40 in El Reno, west of Oklahoma City, due to high water Tuesday.

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