Jefferson City's damage spanned about a 3-mile area, said Police Lt. David Williams. "Right now we have emergency personnel from all venues trying to get to the people that need our assistance the most and we can't do that if there are citizens out trying to assess themselves and post on social media and other venues".
"Damage reports coming in from Jefferson City are heartbreaking", KOMU meteorologist Matt Beckwith said, noting reports of people trapped in their basement.
At the Cole County Sheriff's office in Jefferson City, insulation, shingles and metal pieces lay on the ground outside the front doors.
Ameren Missouri crews worked in sweltering humidity with a temperature nearing 90 degrees, replacing about 200 broken power poles and re-stringing lines in Jefferson City and Eldon, another central Missouri community hit by a tornado.
A tornado tore apart buildings in Missouri's capital city as part of an overnight outbreak of severe weather across the state.
Officers, working in the tornado damaged areas on Friday afternoon, were contacted by a business owner regarding two people on his property.
For those interested in using the service, the company suggested contacting U-Haul Moving & Storage of Jefferson City, located at 311 Ellis Blvd., Jefferson City, MO, 65101.
Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin said that despite the damage, she is inspired by the support from others.
Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Burchfield in Springfield, Missouri, said Thursday that two of the tornadoes Wednesday night were EF3 tornadoes with winds of 140 miles per hour.
The tornadoes also caused damage in Carl Junction and raged near Joplin, where a different deadly tornado killed 161 people eight years ago.
Storms and torrential rains have ravaged the Midwest, from Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and IL, in the past few days.
The extreme weather also resulted in at least 130 tornadoes in five days in the central United States. The town's Facebook page urged residents to leave for safer ground. Reports said some people had been evacuated before the storm hit.
Forecasters predicted parts of Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas could see more severe weather into Thursday. However, the wrecked barges sank and are blocking three of the dam's 12 flood gates. The proclamation came after he ordered the state's National Guard to station high-water rescue teams in the western part of the state by Saturday and the Corps of Engineers warned residents to stay off the river throughout the Memorial Day holiday weekend.