A tornado hit parts of Jefferson City just before midnight Wednesday night. There are reports of property damage, trees down and debris in the streets. Electricity also is out in parts of the city.
For updates, please see Tornado hits Jefferson City.
Flash Flood Warning including Versailles MO, Warsaw MO, Lincoln MO until 5:00 AM CDT.
A Tornado Watch covers much of Mid-Missouri. The watch has been extended to 4 a.m. Thursday for Camden, Miller and Maries counties. The Tornado Watch for Cole, Boone, Callaway, Osage and Moniteau counties continues until 5 a.m.
Severe thunderstorms moved eastward across Mid-Missouri. Numerous tornado, hail and severe storm advisories have been issued in this line of storms.
A Flash Flood Watch is also in effect for Cole, Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Gasconade, Moniteau, Montgomery and Osage counties starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday morning.
Authorities report the following Mid-Missouri road closures due to flooding:
- Bainer Road is closed.
- East Cole Junction Road is closed.
- East Lohman Road is closed.
- Engineers Road is closed.
- Loesch Road is closed.
- North Branch Road is closed.
- Meadowsford Road is closed.
- Murphy's Ford Road is closed.
- Railroad Street in Osage City is closed.
- Vaughn Ford Road is closed.
- Water Street in Osage City is closed.
- Waterford Road is closed.
- Route W, between South Rock Creek Road in Cole County and Osage Bend Road in Osage County, is closed.
- Route 94 at Logan Creek (west of Portland) is closed.
- Outer Road of Route 63 from just north of Jefferson City to the Route 54/63/Route W interchange north of the Missouri River has been closed due to anticipated flooding. This closure DOES NOT affect Route 54/63 which remains open to traffic.
- Route H is closed between Stoutland in Camden County and Route BB in Laclede County.
- Route 179 is closed at Sandy Hook, southeast of Jamestown.
- Route BB is closed north of Stover at Gabriel Creek.
State highway closures around Missouri will also be posted on the Missouri Department of Transportation Traveler Information Map.
"If motorists encounter a closed road, we remind them to never move or drive around the barriers," said MoDOT Central District Engineer David Silvester. "You never know what is underneath the surface when there is standing water. It only takes 12 inches of moving water to move a small car. Those signs and barriers are there for your safety and protection."
Silvester added that drivers should also use extra caution when driving on wet roads. Slow down to avoid skidding and hydroplaning, leave extra stopping space, and always turn headlights on whenever wipers are needed, he advised.