Missouri cleans up after devastating tornadoes

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Published on May 23, 2019 - Duration: 00:44s

Missouri cleans up after devastating tornadoes

A relentless barrage of violent weather in the central United States left at least three people dead on Thursday, as tornadoes raked across southwest Missouri and devastated the state capital.

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Missouri cleans up after devastating tornadoes

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A relentless barrage of violent weather in the central United States left three people dead on Thursday, local media said, as tornadoes raked across southwest Missouri and devastated the state capital, and heavy rain flooded rivers in Oklahoma.

The reported casualties from the tornadoes, which struck Missouri in the middle of the night, brought the week's weather-related death toll in the region to at least seven, as forecasters said the rain and threat of damaging winds were expected to continue.

"It looks to stay quite wet over the next week across the central portion of the country," said meteorologist Mark Chenard of the National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

A system of showers stretching from the Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma north to Nebraska were to bring flooding risks on Thursday, Chenard said.

A somewhat diminished threat of tornadoes will persist from the Texas Panhandle through Kansas, he added.

The weather service's St.

Louis office confirmed tornadoes touched down near Joplin, Missouri, late Wednesday, and local media, including the Joplin Globe, reported at least three dead.

In Jefferson City, the state capital, officials said a "massive" twister caused widespread damage to buildings, trees, cars and power lines, but no fatalities.

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