Weather Service gives maximum EF-3 rating for tornado that hit Jefferson City

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The tornado that tore through Jefferson City overnight has been given a maximum rating of an EF-3, the National Weather Service says.

However, the agency said some damage points for the mid-Missouri tornado rated from an EF-0 to an EF-2. This is based on a preliminary damage survey, which is still ongoing, the National Weather Service said in a tweet.

Officials estimate winds reached up to 160 mph and the tornado was peaked at 1,500 yards wide.

It started around 11:20 p.m., the NWS said, and ended around 11:45 p.m. The twister's path went about 19.4 miles from the Carmel Lake/Brazito area and lifted near the airport in Jefferson City.

There were no immediate reports of any deaths or missing people in the capital city of about 40,000, but door-to-door checks were being done Thursday. Some injuries have been reported, and many are staying at shelters.

The same storm system also hit southwest Missouri near Joplin earlier Wednesday night. Three people died in Golden City from a tornado that struck there, and extensive damage was reported in Carl Junction.

Gene Harris, 86, and his 83-year-old wife, Opal, were found dead about 200 yards from their home, and Betty Berg, 56, was killed and her husband, Mark, seriously injured when their mobile home was destroyed, authorities said.

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