Violent tornado hits Missouri capital, trapping people, sending debris 13,000 feet into air

A violent tornado in Missouri caught sleeping residents off guard late Wednesday night, as a series of storms continued to bring chaos across the state, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Shortly after 11:30 p.m., a powerful tornado known as a “Wedge Tornado” – one in which the funnel is wider than it is tall – was observed over Jefferson City. It moved at 40 mph and sent debris 13,000 feet into the air, according to the National Weather Service.

A tornado emergency was issued for the state’s...

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