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Hundreds volunteer after Missouri tornado tore 32-mile path

In this May 23, 2019 file. Photo, tornado damage is seen in Jefferson City, Mo. Eight years to the day after a devastating tornado killed 161 people in Joplin, another big twister ripped through another Missouri community, Jefferson City, but with a far different result: No deaths, no serious injuries. The two storms share a May 22 date, the same state, and both happened in towns of similar size. Both tornadoes ravaged residential areas and business districts. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
Associated Press
Posted: May. 30, 2019 11:25 am

Hundreds of volunteers from around the state have turned out to help clean up debris in Missouri's capital city following a powerful tornado.

The National Weather Service says the tornado that struck Jefferson City traveled 32 miles through central Missouri. It began southwest of Eldon in Miller County late Wednesday, tore through Cole County and crossed the Missouri River before dying out in Callaway County.

United Way of Central Missouri President Ann Bax said about 750 volunteers had helped clear debris from damaged homes and trees as of mid-Tuesday. Others have volunteered independently.

Jefferson City's airport remained under water Tuesday from the flooded Missouri River.

Levee district president David Boessen said floodwaters created an estimated 100-yard breach in a levee after flowing over the top of it last Friday.


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