Multiple people were killed and injured as a powerful tornado tore through the state of Missouri on Tuesday. The twister caused extensive damage in several areas of the state, leaving behind a trail of destruction and chaos.
According to reports, the tornado touched down near the town of Eldon, in central Missouri, before moving northeast towards the capital city of Jefferson City. The storm damaged buildings, uprooted trees, and knocked down power lines, leaving thousands without electricity.
Emergency services were quick to respond to the disaster, but the full extent of the damage and the number of casualties are still being assessed. Local hospitals have confirmed that they are treating several people for injuries, including some who are in critical condition.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for several parts of the state, warning residents to stay indoors and take shelter if necessary. The storm has also caused widespread travel disruption, with several major highways and roads closed due to debris and fallen trees.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson has declared a state of emergency in response to the tornado, and has urged residents to remain vigilant and stay tuned to local news and weather updates.
The tornado comes just weeks after a deadly outbreak of tornadoes swept through several states in the southern United States, killing dozens of people and causing widespread damage. The latest disaster is a stark reminder of the devastating power of these storms, and underscores the importance of preparedness and emergency planning in at-risk areas.