The Missouri Army National Guard has been passively mobilized to assist with casualties and the massive devastation left behind after a series of large and violent tornadoes tore through the state.
The military force was stood up and placed on “standby” by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, who confirmed serious damage in the capital of Jefferson City.
As a fortunate precaution to flooding that had already been taking place in the area prior to the tornado, several National Guard helicopters were moved from the airport and a Memorial Day air show was canceled.
The National Weather Service confirmed a “large and destructive tornado” was observed over Jefferson City at 11:43 PM last night, moving at around 40 MPH. The twister struck the heart of the capital and has caused “catastrophic” damage.
Governor Parson confirmed that the state buildings were damaged and urged non-essential state employees take the day off.
“Due to the tornado and severe weather in Jefferson City last night, we are asking that all non-essential state employees in the Jefferson City area remain at home on Thursday,” he tweeted. “We have damage to state buildings and power is down in some areas. Please be safe!”
According to Fox News, while initial news reports claimed that dozens were hospitalized in the aftermath of the tornado that hit the capital, Public Safety officials said the reports were overblown, and that only around nine people were admitted with storm-related injuries.
In Joplin, however, three individuals were reported dead in the wake of tornado damage, which took place three hours from the capital.
It is unknown if the Missouri National Guard or Air National Guard suffered any damages to equipment and personnel.
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