Wednesday's twister, which fell on the same day as one of the most devastating tornadoes in USA history, was part of a significant storm system that has tore through the central us for the past several days.
The Jefferson City tornado was part of a series of violent twisters that ravaged the Midwest Wednesday night.
"It's a chaotic situation right now", Jefferson City Police Lt David Williams told reporters.
"I don't even know how to explain it", he said.
The extent of that damage became apparent as the sun rose Thursday morning, revealing scenes like the one above, where a gas station awning had collapsed. As a leading Jefferson City business, we want to step forward and help our neighbors.
However, the flooding did contribute to traffic delays Friday evening, as the normal Memorial Day weekend traffic congestion included people who slowed to look at the flooding.
A quick-moving tornado moving southwest at 40 miles per hour hit Jefferson City, Missouri, late Wednesday night, shooting debris 13,000 feet into the air, injuring at least 20 and ravaging buildings across the state's capital, NPR reported on Thursday, and the Missouri State High School Athletic Association as a result has temporarily suspended the Class 3-4-5 State Track and Field Championships set for this weekend in the city.
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"Major tornadoes across state tonight, including Jeff City", Missouri Gov. Mike Parsons tweeted.
The St. Louis office of the National Weather Service confirmed that reported twisters hit near Joplin, Mo., late Wednesday, and local media including the Joplin Globe reported at least three dead. The tornado caused some damage in the town of Carl Junction, about 4 miles (6.44 kilometers) north of the Joplin airport.
Storms and torrential rains have ravaged the Midwest, from Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and IL.
Deaths from this week's storms include a 74-year-old woman found early Wednesday morning in Iowa. A posting on the official Facebook page of Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, said the runaway barges posed a dire threat to the river town's 600 residents: "Evacuate Webbers Falls immediately".
The barges, carrying a total of about 3,800 pounds (1,700 kilograms) of fertilizer, broke loose Wednesday and floated down the swollen river.
One tornado has already hit Kansas today.
Heavy rains there also caused a crash near Springfield that killed two people Tuesday.