Numerous buildings are destroyed and multiple reports of injuries are coming out of Jefferson City after a large tornado ripped through the city last night. [Wednesday]
According to a press conference held by Lieutenant David Williams with the Jefferson City Police Department early this morning [Thursday] the first report of rotation came in at 11:30 near Brazito. The first sirens in Cole County sounded at 11:38, and the Jefferson City sirens were activated a second time at 11:40.
The first report of damage within Jefferson City came in at 11:47.
Williams reports there are no confirmed fatalities at this time, however, people are trapped inside their homes and numerous injuries.
Police are working to identify a perimeter of where the storm touched down and a large amount of damage appears to be along Ellis Boulevard.
Hospitals in Jefferson City have entered disaster mode to deal with the influx of patients.
The Missouri Department of Transportation and Jefferson City Public Works, along with Cole County Public Works are doing what they can to clear debris covered roads.
Emergency personnel from around the mid-Missouri area have been called into assist with search and rescue and along with clean up from the storm.
The police department and city officials are working to identify locations for the displaced in the community to go for shelter.
Williams said emergency crews need those who are not in need of assistance to stay inside as medical personnel are having difficult getting through the large amount of traffic moving through the scene.
Williams said volunteers are currently not needed as crews attempt to get help to those affected by the tornado.