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Jefferson City, Missouri - 23 May 2019
1. Various damage, debris, first responders, emergency vehicles
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Lt. David Williams, Jefferson City Police Dept.:
"We've had a lot of calls so far about volunteers at this point. We had emergency personnel from all agencies in the surrounding area coming to help us. We're coordinating efforts through emergency personnel. And at this point we have not identified a need for citizen volunteers. Not to say that we're not going to need those people later in the day."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Lt. David Williams, Jefferson City Police Dept.:
"We are trying to identify locations for the displaced citizens that we have identified. As you're aware of the sirens went off at approximately 11:10 p.m. last night (Central Time/0500G) for the first time. Soon thereafter we began getting calls of damage from wind and we've been able to identify several areas in Jefferson City that have been affected by this."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Lt. David Williams, Jefferson City Police Dept.:
"Right now we have no confirmations of any fatalities related to this storm. However we have identified several people that are injured as a result of this. We are receiving multiple calls for people being trapped in their homes. The interpretation of that is we don't know what they're are saying trapped, if they can't get out their front door means one thing. But we do have debris in some homes to where they're not able to access the outside at all."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Lt. David Williams, Jefferson City Police Dept.:
"We have identified multiple trees, property damage, roofs. Materials are all over the roadway. As another precaution there's roadway debris. People were driving over, causing accidents that we cannot respond to."
A "violent tornado" touched down in Jefferson City, Missouri, causing heavy damage Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
The service reported that a "confirmed large and destructive tornado" was observed over Jefferson City at 11:43 p.m. Wednesday, moving northeast at 40 mph (64 kph). The capital city is located 130 miles (209 kilometers) west of St. Louis.
No fatalities have been reported but Jefferson City Police Lt. David Williams said they have received multiple calls of people being trapped in their homes.
"It's a chaotic situation right now," Williams said. "We need people who are not affected to stay out of those areas."
Williams spoke from the Cole County Sheriff's office, where debris such as insulation, roofing shingles and metal pieces lay on the ground outside the front doors.
Power outages are being reported in parts of the city.
"More dangerous severe weather - tornadoes and flash flooding -expected overnight," according to a tweet from Missouri Public Safety.
The National Weather Service said it had received 22 reports of tornadoes by late Wednesday evening, although some of those could be duplicate reporting of the same twister.
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