COLE COUNTY, Mo. – Thousands of people remained without power before dawn Thursday in Jefferson City and the Eldon area after heavy storms struck overnight.
Ameren Missouri reported more than 3,000 customers without power in separate outages near Eldon and more than 6,000 in Jefferson City at about 4:30 a.m.
Officials reported buildings damaged in Eldon. Meanwhile a confirmed tornado tore a swath through Jefferson City a little before midnight. Five people were admitted to a Jefferson City hospital with minor injuries.
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Reports from Jefferson City say some buildings were destroyed, trees were downed and vehicles were tossed about in the heavy winds.
The Three Rivers Electric Cooperative reported more than 3,700 customers without power between Jefferson City and Eldon is several pockets of outages. The Co-Mo Electric Cooperative reported nearly 340 customers without power, primarily concentrated north of the Lake of the Ozarks.
The Consolidated Electric Cooperative reported about 230 customers without power, with the biggest outage north of Mexico.