NWS: Jefferson City tornado an EF3, estimated peak winds of 160 mph

Mo. tornado recovery

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KFVS) - After a tornado caused major damage in Cole County, Missouri the governor surveyed the area.

Meteorologist Grant Dade said at least four tornadoes touched down in Mo.

According to a preliminary report from the National Weather Service the tornado in Jefferson City was an EF3 with peak winds of 160 mph and a path of nearly 20 miles.

The width was 1500 yards. It started in Cole County and ended in Callway County, Mo.

There were 11 injuries and 0 deaths with this tornado.

An estimated 500 homes and buildings believed to have sustained damage to determine which are safe and which should be evacuated.

On Saturday, the Missouri Structural Assessment and Visual Evaluation (S.A.V.E.) Coalition is expected to evaluate about 200 additional structures in Cole County that are reported to have been damaged.

A tornado in Golden City was also an EF3. It had peak winds of 142 mph and a path of 12 miles.

It started in Jasper, Mo. and ended in Golden City. The twister was on the ground for 22 minutes. There were three fatalities and 1 injury.

According to officials with with Governor’s Office, Gov. Mike Parson was out in Jefferson City on May 23.

A post on Gov. Parson’s Facebook page reminds residents and visitors to stay away from the areas where cleanup is happening to allow crews to work.

🚨 🚨🚨 Help our first responders and utility crews - STAY CLEAR of debris. One photo is from Eldon where Missouri State...

Posted by Governor Mike Parson on Thursday, May 23, 2019

Heartland News reporters were at the scene to cover the devastation. They claim people heard sirens and took cover and say they are thankful everyone is okay. Their motto today has been “I may have lost my things but I didn’t lose my life.”

“About 3 seconds into it bathroom door flies open and that’s when you see this stuff here and I shut it back real quick and by the time I shut the door it was done it was already moved on through it was pretty quick ... just 10 seconds destruction,” said Austin Sayer, a resident.

Residents at some apartments there are thankful to still be here after the tornado ripped through the area. "I just feel like god was watching over me and my stuff,” said Brekkyn Feese.

Feese was at a friend’s house when the tornado crossed over her apartment.

“I went to work not knowing if i had a home. Because we tried to get to it last night and this morning and we couldn't get near it,” Feese said. Luckily when she got back, all she was missing was a few shingles but unfortunately her neighbors weren't as lucky. "I just feel really bad for them, you know some of them have kids, so I just feel really bad,” said Joshua Stephan.

He was home with his two small children, and he thinks the memory of the tornado will stay with his son for a long time. “He’s already when it started to rain this morning, he was freaking out and trying to hide under the kitchen table.”

The Lowe’s in Jefferson City is taking money donation plus collection personal items for the victims. You can donate by stopping in the store or calling them at (573) 638-2400. Their address is 3441 Missouri Blvd, Jefferson City, MO 65109.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter for storm victims.

A press conference was held around 6 a.m. Thursday morning to update residents on the situation.

Posted by Kelsey Anderson KFVS on Thursday, May 23, 2019

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