2. SOUNDBITE (English) Lt. David Williams, Jefferson City Police Dept.: (Partially covered)
"What we're trying to do is we're trying to make sure that the area that was impacted is being controlled to where the people that are affected know that their property, as much of it is still there is being protected by us doing our job and at the same time we are searching for people to make sure that there are no injured persons out there, who can't use their cell phones or home phones or whatever would be to contact us for help. e have no one missing. No one has been reported to us. There are of course a lot of family members who can't get in touch with their family members. That is not quite missing for us. What that means is they just haven't been able to reach them. We have not identified anyone that is truly missing as a result of this storm going through. With the phone lines and the cellphone lines and all of the things that go along with something like this. There is a lot of people trying to call Central Missouri, Jefferson City and it's just tying up the system so I think that right now we're still happy to say no missing, no fatalities. Minor injuries compared to what we would expect."
3. Aerial of downed power lines
4. Various aerials of debris strewn over nearby road and parking area of auto repair shop
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Moehn, President, Ameren Missouri: (Partially covered)
"Just from a number standpoint, I'm happy to take questions. We have about two, 2300 folks out of power in Eldon. We have about 2,000 people out in Jefferson City. We have significant infrastructure damage. We probably have close to approximately 200 utility poles, there, that are broken. So we have a lot of work to do we've mobilized a lot of resources here we moved crews from across the state. We probably have or will by the end of the day have at least 250 people on the ground here working, which is probably about the most that we can handle within the damage perimeter that we have here in Jefferson City."
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Moehn, President, Ameren Missouri:
"We'll be working around the clock. We have stabilized and made safe you know all the gas situations, I can't tell you exactly how many places that we've, we've cut gas off but it's a number of houses just to make safe. Can't stress enough in terms of from an electrical standpoint, just the idea of staying away from downed lines. Just assume that it's alive if it's on the ground."
Keeping residents and their properties safe is among the top priorities officials are facing after a tornado tore apart buildings in Missouri's capital city as part of an overnight outbreak of severe weather across the state.
The National Weather Service confirmed that the large and destructive twister moved over Jefferson City shortly before midnight Wednesday.
The tornado cut a path about 3 miles long and a mile wide from the south end of Jefferson City north toward the Missouri River, said police Lt. David Williams.
Emergency workers reported about two dozen injuries, Williams said, and dozens of people were in shelters. Hospitals reported treating injuries such as cuts and bruises.
"What we're trying to do is we're trying to make sure that the area that was impacted is being controlled to where the people that are affected know that their property," said Williams.
"As much of it is still there is being protected by us doing our job and at the same time we are searching for people to make sure that there are no injured persons out there, who can't use their cell phones or home phones or whatever would be to contact us for help."
There were no immediate reports of any deaths or missing people in the capital city of about 40,000, but door-to-door checks were ongoing as of late morning.
The three deaths happened more than 150 miles away near Golden City in Missouri's southwestern corner.
"We are still looking at the flood situation here in Jefferson City," said Williams.
"The latest projections that I was given show that about one o'clock, we expect some of those levees to be at their max. So not only are we dealing with the storm, we're also still paying attention to what happened with the water rising."