Violent storms rock Jefferson City - ABC17News.com

Violent storms rock Jefferson City - ABC17News.com
LIVE BLOG: Jefferson City sees widespread damage from observed tornado
Source: Gerald Turnage

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - UPDATE 2:50 a.m.: Lincoln University will be closed on Thursday, May 23, said LU spokeswoman Misty Young. The campus will reopen on Tuesday. 

UPDATE 2:30 a.m.: The Jefferson City Police Department was assessing damage to the larger Jefferson City area on Thursday morning. 

Authorities were focusing on the area of Ellis Boulevard and Highway 54. As of 2 a.m. Thursday, no one was killed in the storm that swept through the area. 

Power lines were down, and multiple buildings were damaged, according to Lt. David Williams with JCPD.

 

UPDATE: The Jefferson City Police Department said it is in the process of assessing damage in Jefferson City. Crews are trying to identify the location of damage and search for injured residents.

The department is asking people to stay clear of the impacted areas.

A news briefing is scheduled for 2 a.m. at the Cole County Sheriff's Department. ABC 17 News will be there.

ORIGINAL: Several agencies are gathering at the Cole County EMS headquarters in Jefferson City to evaluate storm damage in Missouri's Capitol.

CCEMS Chief Matthew Lindewirth said fire, police and ambulance departments are coordinating their responses.

Jefferson City Fire said in a Facebook post they are actively responding to serious damage.

"All a large tornado has hit parts of Jefferson City. All Jefferson City Firefighters have been called back and are beginning rescue operations. Please Pray for our Citizens," the post said.

Missouri Task Force 1 was activated at the request of the JCFD, according to Gale Bloomenkamp, a member of the task force.

ABC 17 News crews have damage to buildings, trees in vehicles on Christy Drive.