A tornado tore through Jefferson City, Missouri, in the early hours of Thursday, causing multiple injuries and significant damage to buildings.

The National Weather Service confirmed that Jefferson City was hit by a "violent tornado," urging local residents "to shelter now." The tornado reportedly moved at 40 miles per hour (64 kilometres per hour) and shooting debris at about 13,000 feet (3,962 metres) into the air.

First responders were dispatched to Jefferson City to rescue people trapped in buildings.

A series of storms raging from Oklahoma to Illinois reportedly spawned multiple tornadoes. At least three people were killed in a tornado outside Joplin, in southwestern Missouri.

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