State agencies continue to help Missouri communities affected by series of tornadoes and severe storms

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JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri – State agencies continue to assist Missouri communities affected by a series of strong tornadoes and severe storms that swept through the state on Friday, December 10.

According to initial estimates, the storms killed at least two people and destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and buildings.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of lives caused by this powerful and sustained storm system, and we pray for the family and friends of those we have lost. The deadly tornadoes that swept through Missouri and neighboring states are a reminder that severe storms can claim lives when people are at home or at work. I am grateful that our state and local response agencies as well as the National Weather Service communicated the threat these storms posed early on and were ready to respond last night. Members of our state team are ready to help and will work with local partners to assess the damage in the coming days. ”

Governor Mike Parson

According to a press release, in St. Charles County, a woman was killed in her home and two others were hospitalized. In Pemiscot County, a child was killed in his home and at least nine people were rushed to hospitals.

Overnight, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a total of 31 tornado warnings for Missouri. NWS assessment teams are in the field to study storm damage and will determine EF tornado ratings.

Electric utility crews continue to work to restore power after blackouts peaked overnight with at least 30,000 customers without power. The outage figures have already been reduced to less than 7,000.

The MSHP continues to assist local authorities in St. Charles County and Southeast Missouri. Soldiers assisted with door-to-door searches and highway and road closures. The Missouri Department of Transportation helped clean up debris and reopen freeways. The regional coordinators of the National Emergency Management Agency have worked with local partners to assess resource needs and preliminary damage estimates and will continue to do so in the coming days.

Governor Parson, along with governors of other affected states, spoke with President Joe Biden to coordinate state and federal resources for communities affected by yesterday’s weather and tornadoes.

On Sunday, December 12, Governor Parson and members of his emergency management team will travel to communities in Defiance, Missouri and Pemiscot County to assess damage from storms and tornadoes.

“I want all Missourians who have been affected to know that my office and the entire state government are ready to help them, and we are going to be on the ground in the worst affected areas to learn how to do it at the same time. better, ”Parson said. . “We express our gratitude to the first responders, utility crews and volunteer teams who continue to work quickly to save lives, remove debris and restore power.”

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